Cottonwood Rescue Responds To Snake Bite On SaturdayRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 11 2019 9:02 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: On Saturday Houston County Sheriff 911 dispatched Cottonwood Rescue to 4875 County Road 4 to reports of a 14 year biten by a snake.
Houston County Sheriff 911 reported the 14 year old was biten on the leg by a black snake, possibly a water muccison.
According to google, from the Cottonwood Rescue building located at 57 Granger Street in Cottonwood to 4875 County Road 4 in Gordon ( Lucy Fire territory ), it is a 15 minute travel, 11 miles.
According to google, from the scene to Southeast Health is a 33 mile travel time and 24 miles. Even running lights and siren on the distance is at least 24 minutes travel time.
According to the Captain of Cottonwood Rescue, Nick Alford, the 14 year old was riding a four wheeler when the snake jumped and bite him.
BACKROAD 288 ATV PARK AND RANGE
Gordon Fire Chief Justin McCallister and a member of Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management were eating lunch in Dothan when the call came in. A few days before Justin had learned there was a 288 ATV Park at this location. According to FACEBOOK there was a Saturday race where at least 100 people were expected. The FACEBOOK page indicated 22 people had entered the race.
They were giving away $ 10,000.00 in cash and prizes. Holland Motorsports was giving away a machine. GLOCK was giving away a firearm.
Gordon Fire Chief Justin McCallister and Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah talked about the BACKROADS 288. No one was aware of the event and no pre-planning by emergency units had been done.
Director Judah sent a member of his staff along with Gordon Fire Chief McCallister to BACKROAD 288 to look at the grounds and see what everything looked like. They marked to the entrance and starting gate GPS locations. That information was sent to Houston County Sheriff 911, Dothan - Houston County Communications ( 911 ) staff so that the Computer Aided Dispatch for emergency dispatch of medical aircraft. The information was sent to the Sheriff Department Command Staff and Survival Flight.
Cottonwood Rescue Captain Nick Alford and Kayla returned to Backroad 288 after the snake bite call to look at the facility and become aware of it in the event of a trauma call there.
Director Judah and Cottonwood Rescue Captain along with Gordon Fire Chief McCallister wanted to be ahead of the emergency rather than behind the emergency.
Pre-planning is always important for any potential event. EMA Director Judah has enjoyed the full support of all emergency responders from all agencies, to include Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza, All Volunteer Fire Chief's and EMS units in this county, Pilcher's Ambulance - Joey Pilcher, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish, Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams, ALEA Trooper Dothan Post Tracy Nelson, ALEA - Colonel Charles Ward, and ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor, the City of Dothan - Houston County Commnications District, the Houston County Commission, Dothan Commission and all police chief's in this county and municipalities and everyone in between.
Judah said that together, as a team, it is all about saving lives and property. Being proactive rather than reactive. And his motto #houstoncountystrong.