The callFor those who don't believe that we need to take action to curb the tide of illegal immigration, I offer you this morning's first responder call as a prime example of why this is becoming a problem we must deal with.
At 11:04 AM White Pine Firefighters and First Responders were paged out on a call regarding a 19 year-old female who was pregnant and experiencing chest pains-not contractions, but chest pains. The address was one that most of our guys were familiar with, and one of our First Responders set out in Truck 1 to respond to the call. Upon arriving at the given address, he couldn't find anyone around, so he radioed county dispatch to get a fix on the location. County Dispatch had botched the location of the call to begin with, and at first we shrugged that off because Jeff County Dispatch is not generally known for 100% accuracy, so we have printed Google Maps for situations when we don't know a part of the Fire District by having been there often.
As it turns out, the location was at least partly correct, and dispatch botched it when contacting us partly because the caller spoke in very broken English. Dispatch proceeded to warn our man on the scene that the young lady in question spoke no English at all-the person speaking in broken English would be acting as an interpreter.
For some strange reason, the young lady set out (apparently someone went with her, perhaps to drive her) to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital before the Department arrived on scene-and we got there fast. Hence, aid that may have been life-saving could have been withheld because of this decision. For the sake of this individual's life, I hope and pray they are alright.
The entire incident raises a series of good questions, however. What would have happened if our first responder could not understand the "interpreter?" What if there had not been one? How much knowledge did these folks have of our emergency response system? If they are illegal, they may not have had the knowledge that a fire truck and an ambulance are on the way with help as soon as the call goes out. What if the first responder on scene needed to communicate with the person(s) directly, and had no way to do so?
It is very easy for some people to say "the firefighters need to speak Spanish." This is White Pine, not Nashville or New York or Chicago or Los Angeles. We have a small but well-trained and able corps of first responders and firefighters. Our men and women are volunteers, they give their time and talent to the community to respond in case of an emergency-in many cases, they have taken vacations from work in order to get the training they need. A good number of them come to the station to be on standby on their days off rather than spend time with their families. If there was a requirement made that they had to speak a second language to do the jobs they volunteer for, we wouldn't have a fire department in White Pine at all.
Yet our volunteer emergency personnel are being placed in these situations locally more and more. Our little town has a limited budget and we aren't large enough for a paid department.
The opposition knows that much of this new immigration is illegal in nature, and they have to know the havoc that illegal immigration is wreaking socially, culturally, and even upon our emergency responses in rural America. They don't care-and they don't give a damn about the towns that might be ruined or the lives they might cost on all sides in the process.
The flow has to stop or the social order itself could crumble.