Maple Grove Fire Marshal Returns After Providing Medical Support To Evacuees From China


GOOD AFTERNOON, I’M KIM JOHNSON. THANKS FOR WATCHING WCCO STREAMING ON CBSN MINNESOTA. A FIRE MARSHALL FROM MAPLE GROVE HAS RETURNED HOME AFTER SPENDING TWO WEEKS PROVIDING MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT EVACUATED FROM CHINA. GREG BODINE AT THE MARINE CORP. STATION IN MINNESOTA WITH THE DISASTER TEAM. THEY FLEW INTO THE AIR BASE AND SET UP FIELD HOSPITALS TO TEND TO THEIR MEDICAL NEEDS. BO DEAN WAS PART OF THE RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE DEALING WITH PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE. WCCO SPOKE WITH THE FIRE MARSHALL ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES HELPING OTHERS IN A TIME OF NEED. HOW ARE YOU, GREG BODINE IS NOT ONLY A FIRE MARSHALL BUT A FIREFIGHTER AND CHAPLAIN FOR NORTH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. HIS EXPERTISE WAS PUT TO USE AS HE GUIDED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS EVACUATED FROM CHINA. THEY WERE FLOWN FROM CHINA AND QUARANTINED AT THE BARE BASE. HE ALSO PROVIDED EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL SUPPORT FOR THEM AND HIS TEAM. IT WAS AN HONOR TO SERVE THE COUNTRY AND HE ADMITS THERE WAS TIME WHEN HIS OWN SAFETY CAME INTO MIND BUT HE FEELS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL DID A GREAT JOB COORDINATING MAKE SURE HIS TEAM WAS NOT IN HARM’S WAY. PART OF MY ROLE AS SAFETY OFFICER, I HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE WERE IN PROPER DISTANCE THAT WE NEED TO. THE EVACUEES HAD TO WEAR PPV BECAUSE THEY WERE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER. WE HAD TO BE CAREFUL OF IT. WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT PPV, THAT’S THE MASK AND GARMENTS THEY WORE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. THE BEST PART OF HIS JOB HE SAYS WAS MEETING THE EVACUEES AND HE SAYS EACH TAUGHT HIM SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT LIFE. HE DURING 9-11 AND HURRICANE SANDY.

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