Tuesday, April 7, 2009

RI Bridge Closure 4/15-17 & 4/21-22: Emergency Preparedness

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Times affected 12:30 am to 5:30 am

------Original Message------

From: Steve Shane

To: Roosevelt Island 360
To: Roosevelt Islander
To: Dick Lutz / The Main Street WIRE
Cc: Fernando Martinez
Cc: Keith Guerra
Cc: Tom Turcic

Sent: Apr 7, 2009 5:26 PM

Subject: Bridge Closure

You have all received a copy of the DOT Notice of Bridge Closure.

1. It is absolutely necessary.

2. The Fire Department will station an engine (pumper) and a ladder truck on the Island during the outage to respond to any emergencies. In addition, there will be a fireboat available to deliver additional personnel if a big emergency occurs. An engine company (with 5 firemen) will be at the Vernon Ave. end of the Bridge to provide additional bodies as needed.

3. The Fire Dept. (EMS) will station an ambulance on the Island and an ambulance at the Vernon Ave end of the bridge. In the event of a medical emergency, the victim will be treated and taken to the RI end of the bridge and conveyed on a gurney to the other side where the other ambulance will be waiting to transport. In addition to the 4 EMS persons, there will be the 5 firemen there to assist. If the bridge is completely impassable (one of the procedures will require it to be 6'-8' above the connecting streets), then transport will have to be by Tram to a waiting ambulance on Manhattan side.

4. RIOC will run the Tram all night on 1/2 hour intervals (except in emergency) with the Red bus to match up. The Subway (F Train) should be available.

5.Only 2 nights are needed, and if the weather permits, the later nights will not be required. Steelworkers union contract and OSHA rules do not permit workers on exposed iron surfaces at heights when it is raining.

6. NYPD is also likely to station a squad car on the Island to assist.

We have coordinated all of this with NYPD, NYFD, EMS, DOT, HHC, etc. A necessary evil, but we should get through it. Please try to quell the hysterics.

Stephen H. Shane
President & CEO
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp.


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  2. Why does Steve Shane have to add the line "Please try to quell the hysterics"? So offensive. We aren't two year olds, we're adults and concerned if the bridge is closed. That man is so annoying.

  3. To the 8:32am poster: I understand Shane's sarcasm. There are quite a few RIers who love to throw tantrums over every little inconvenience. Just read the letters to the editor in the WIRE. I think it's funny.

  4. I actually meant to delete that line but forgot. He means my and other bloggers from reacting hysterically in our posts to the preparations I believe.

  5. Steve Shane said:

    "if a big emergency occurs. An engine company (with 5 firemen) will be at the Vernon Ave. (sic) end of the Bridge to provide additional bodies as needed."

    So, if a "big emercency" occusr and there aren't enough dead bodies, the firemen on the Vernon Blvd. side of the bridge will send over more "bodies?"

    (To those without a sense of irony, just being funny.)

  6. With gangs and shootings...what are we to do?