Nevada Volunteers Head Out

The C-130 was loaded with cots, blankets, water and the necessities needed for two weeks.

The 24-man and women team from the Nevada National Guard have no idea where they eventually end up, or what their assignment will be. Careflight Nurse Karen Evans says her job here in Reno will be a real asset.

Karen Evans, Nurse, "I'm excited a little bit scared but ah that's what we are here for."

Vice President here at REMSA Jim Gubbells says he's known Karen for 20 years first as an emergency room nurse at Washoe Medical Center.

Jim Gubbels, says, "Not only is she used to dealing with people in medical crisis, but because of her pre hospital environment she is use to dealing the elements to get to the patients to take care of their needs."

Once this group arrives in Baton Rouge it will be placed under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in place between 49 states. Their assignment could vary from day to day. National Guard Flight Medic Alan Sharp says he's been told he may be deployed in the next 48 hours. As an air medic in Afghanistan for six months he says this is what the job is all about.

Alan Sharp, EMT 2, "We could be doing anything from plucking people off of rooftops to wading in the waters and handing out medicine."

Evans says, "This just seemed like the next step to go, glad to be able to do it. Serve my country and serve our fellow people in Louisiana."

At a National Guard Bureau conference call Thursday between the 50 National Guard unit, Nevada's guard indicated it could release C-130 transports, Blackhawk helicopters, Military Police and signal communication units if needed.

We'll keep you updated on support teams deployed here to hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.


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