Our first responses are finely choreographed, which results in time and lives being saved.
Glenn grew up in Manchester, CT, did his undergraduate work in Maine, and earned his graduate degree in environmental health in Michigan. He and his wife Donna moved to New Mexico in 1981 where Glenn worked with the state's environmental department focusing on water quality protection until he retired last year. Donna will join Glenn on the cruise.
Glenn has been a volunteer with the El Dorado Fire and Rescue Service for the past 16 years where he is a certified fire fighter and EMT. He is currently the assistant fire chief. Before that, he helped found the Santa Fe Search and Rescue, which primarily searched for lost hikers. Many of the other members of the SAR team were in the volunteer fire department, so he joined too. It's no easy thing to become a certified EMT, and Glenn has had some 240 hours of medical training along the way, passed comprehensive examinations, worked in the ER, and taken numerous practical examinations. He keeps a first aid "jump kit" at the ready in his truck, which has a very comprehensive array of life saving and life support equipment. Since Glenn is often the first responder on the scene, this is sometimes a matter of life and death.
Before Glenn retired last year, the state was very flexible and let Glenn respond to emergencies provided he was not in the middle of doing something critical on the job. He would have to make up the time later, but he was almost always available to respond. This made for some very long days at work. There are about 400 fire and medical calls each year, and Glenn is on call every day that he's in the county. He has a sophisticated pager and communication system, so he gets information about the emergency as soon as the 911 call comes in. He typically goes directly to the scene while other team members get equipment from the station. Says Glenn: "This system lets us respond faster, and that makes a big difference".