Cumberland Island: Week 5
It frequently storms at CUIS and when it does, lightning usually strikes the island. Large storms and hurricanes are also incorporated in my Preventative Search and Rescue program. With lightning, striking the island so frequently, we need to educate visitors on safe places to be during a storm. The beach is not a safe place and I have implemented my PSAR storm plan by advising visitors to leave the beach prior to a storm. Each patrol vehicle has an AED and many of the park staff are CPR/AED certified. During a storm this past week we received a call for a brush fire on the island. Fires do occur on the island, usually in result of a lightning strike. We have a fire team and they perform controlled burns frequently. Originally we saw a plume and smelled smoke but as we got closer to the location, we didn't see any signs of fire. If a brush fire was caused by a lightning strike, the rain must have put the fire out, luckily. The days after storms are always busy dealing with downed trees on trails and at campsites. Maintenance is extremely busy, so we occasionally help clear the downed trees and also get some PT time in from swinging the axe :). I am also continuing to work on my EMT skills, my last two patient's I treated and released on my own. I'm definitely more comfortable providing care.