I must say I am surprised to read some of the comments in this article. Even
though they are correct, it seems like they are opening themselves up to a
@werHave you ever been to Tibble Fork? The turn off is several miles
up American Fork Canyon and then it is another couple of miles to Tibble Fork
from there. There is a Lone Peak fire station not far from the mouth of the
canyon but it is a small and winding road up that canyon and especially in the
Tibble Fork side canyon. Considering she had already been buried for at minimum
several minutes before a person got far enough down the canyon to make a call,
and then the amount of time it would take the fire crew to get to her after that
I highly doubt the outcome of this would have been any different. I can't
see how it would have been any quicker than 20 minutes, and frankly I think it
would be more like half an hour, best case scenario to reach her. In otherwords
if her friends didn't find her within a very few minutes she is dead, it
doesn't matter what dispatch does. She wasn't going to get
saved by a rescue crew no matter what. It was nothing more than a recovery for
Rather than an emergency call box, which at best would be minutes away, with
cell phones so ubiquitous, how about a peak top cell tower that covers the depth
of the canyon?
30 years in emergency response...
Everybody's an expert.
Since the policy was clearly in place, and since the dispatcher(s) did not
follow it, at least one person should lose their job over this. Even
though the system required dispatch to "manually" send medical
assistance, that should have taken only a few seconds to process.It's very unfortunate this death occurred, and it would be even more
tragic if the the employment status quo stays the same due to bureaucratic
slight of hand or because someone in the system doesn't want a buddy to pay
the consequences for their terrible mishandling of this emergency.IF
the individuals in this situation had done everything they should have, and the
young woman died, anyway, then that's another matter. Dispatcher(s) notifying medical crews without dispatching them or not making
it clear a race against time was occurring cannot be justified.Thank
goodness the battalion chief responded when he did.