Virginia Beach resident Traci Wagner was pregnant with her third child. Her first two children, both boys, had been delivered by induction and C-section, so she and her husband Nick were patiently awaiting another C-section scheduled for the following week… but this baby had different plans.
Twenty-seven year old Dr. Grace Coronel is from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She works on a cruise ship called the Silversea Galapagos as medical officer in charge, and she often vacations in Virginia Beach visiting her boyfriend and his family.
On a recent trip to our city, she wanted to further her experience in the field, and VBEMS gladly set her up on an observer ride with EMT Lynette Dimitry and Paramedic Susan Palmer.
In March, Virginia Beach’s Emergency Response System, including all ten volunteer rescue squads, the EMS Department and the Fire Department, underwent an intensive inspection from the state Office of EMS, which is required every two years. It involves a thorough inspection of every ambulance, squad/rescue truck, zone car, engine and ladder, along with an extensive checklist of reports and other paperwork gathered and submitted months prior to the inspection.
Led by Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb, this year’s inspections were accomplished safely and efficiently, and the system received very high marks. Congrats to everyone involved!