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Gomez-Kling sets goals as director of Medic 2

September 16, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Bernie Gomez-Kling, second from right, became the new director of Medic 2 in Waynesboro, Pa., a few weeks ago. Pictured with him are, from left, Jordan Conner, Jesse Weller and Doug Rice.
Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Bernie Gomez-Kling views his new job as a marriage between his emergency responder and business backgrounds.

Gomez-Kling, 43, took over as director of Medic 2 Advanced Life Support almost a month ago. A former firefighter and paramedic in Montgomery County, Md., with accounting experience, Gomez-Kling hopes both sets of skills merge in the new position.

"So far it's worked out well," he said. "I do like waking up every morning and coming to work."

Some of Gomez-Kling's goals include building upon the level of care for transportation between hospitals and hosting seminars and training.

Started in 1983, Medic 2 is based in Waynesboro but has a substation in Greencastle, Pa. Its paramedics supplement the work of ambulance companies by joining them on calls and providing advanced life support.

Medic 2, which has 16 paramedics and seven emergency medical technicians, responded to more than 2,200 calls last year, Gomez-Kling said. Some calls take the paramedics to Mercersburg, Blue Ridge Summit, Mont Alto and into Maryland communities, he said.

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The nonprofit organization's previous director, Debbie DeWees, left to take a position with the Antietam Humane Society. Gomez-Kling said he already knew people who worked with Medic 2 and Waynesboro Hospital, so those connections made his transition easier.

The first educational event being planned by Gomez-Kling is a reptile class scheduled for Oct. 23. He wants emergency responders to understand how to identify snakes so that antivenin can be found for bite victims.

Some of the training sessions will be for firefighters and medical personnel, while other information campaigns and classes, such as one about water safety, will be designed for the general public, Gomez-Kling said.

Fundraising is down 20 percent from 2009, Gomez-Kling said.

Medic 2 memberships can be obtained at any time. Gomez-Kling described them as similar to insurance for 911 calls. Memberships cost $35 per person and $45 for a family.

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