Team Rubicon Genesis Video

Team Rubicon Genesis Video


You can’t expect to go into Port-au-Prince, a third-world country to begin with, that has had all law and order break down in the midst of this earthquake and you can’t expect that to be a good
environment to go do relief work in There’s no central government. There’s no
one handing out this type of aid at this point. These people are starving. So it’s really kind of a pandemonium out there It’s just one horrible thing after another. It was very intense. On January 12th, 2010 the nation of Haiti was devastated by
7.0 earthquake. It is also the day the Team Rubicon was
born and called into action. After going to Katrina 5 years ago, I saw how bad the establishment was at responding rapidly. And so when I saw this hit Haiti, I knew that the status quo was going to be this lumbering response. And I said, “Why can’t I fix that?” I’m so much more skilled now than before I was in the Marines and went to Katrina. I have all these skills. I would be ashamed of myself if I didn’t use them. And just to sit idly by and watch from my couch, I knew that I had people that had the money to donate to me that maybe didn’t have the skills I had. Why can’t I work in conjunction with them? And call some of the other people I know that have the
same skills, and actually going and do something to change the way that this
happens. I logged on to Facebook and saw that he posted a message that said “I’m going down to Haiti.Who wants to come with me?” And I called him up and I said, “Jake I’m in.” William McNulty went to the embassies for the Dominican and the Haitian embassies, got letters saying that “Hey we belonged. We were a vital part of the rescue
process” and so that was kind of our golden ticket, and we took those from Santo Domingo, across the border to Port-au-Prince. It was originally going to be a four-man team: myself Jeff Lange, Craig Porello, and William McNulty. And each one of those elements was coming from a different part of the country. LA, Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and each one
of them met, and added something to the team en route. I’m on the tarmac on the runway out in D.C., and Mark Hayward, a former Army Special
Forces Medic, says, “Are you going to Haiti?” I said, “I am, in fact.”He asked if he could join. He was perfect for the medical rescue operations that we’ were about to conduct. And myself, I met Dave Griswald at the airport. He walks up and says, “Hey, looks like you’re going to Haiti” I said, “Yeah, I’m trying to get over there.” And he goes, “You know the Red Cross has decided not
to return my phone calls..” And he’s like, “I want to go where you’re going” We had three health care providers. That made us very effective. We could move a lot patients. And in addition to that, we had two fireman paramedics with us that were very skilled and very helpful. The marines, themselves, who have received training and first aid, the whole
team was functional. Nobody really knew what to expect. Everybody was expecting chaos, everybody was expecting destruction. But we didn’t know what the danger level would be. We weren’t sure how secure it would be; whether or not we were going to be able to eat or drink enough to sustain ourselves. There were a lot of unknowns. But we also knew that there’s always
going to be unknowns, you can’t wait for the perfect situation to unfold because then you’re never going to act, and action is
the only way to move forward in a situation like that We reacted. We went. We didn’t think about it because the problem was so grim. The situation was so grim. -Every person you see You wanna stop and help them, but we have a
specific mission. We’re going to a Jesuit Refugee Center that has 900 victims You can hear them screaming right there for us to stop. But we have a specific place we’re going to. There’s nothing we could do for these
people right here, but we can help out the people at the Jesuit Refugee Center. We quickly talked to the people running the Jesuit Compound. Fortunately for us, they knew of some refugee camps that they were
trying to help out at. And they knew some that hadn’t seen doctors yet. And that had hundreds and hundreds of
critically injured people. So the first day that we worked, we showed up to
a refugee camp called Manraisa A couple thousand displaced persons there.
Hundreds of them critically injured and not one of them had seen a doctor. That was easily our most chaotic day. and these people were in need of
doctors in a bad way. And we just started seeing them, one at a time. We’d bring somebody in from the crowd that needed
attention. We’d bring them in and put them on a chair and we’d evaluate them. We would initially
have them triaged by guys like myself or firefighters who
could diagnose whether or not it was something that warranted the attention of our doctors or something we could treat, ourselves. There was everything from gangrene to crush injuries: broken femurs, broken pelvises, open fractures, finger and toe amputations, broken backs, lots of skin injuries, delivering babies, little kids with broken femurs… If we hadn’t shown up that day, a lot of people we saw would be dead today. They would not have survived. Maybe 24 hours… but certainly not 72. –We definitely rendered care that wasn’t being rendered by anyone else. We take calculated risks. We didn’t know we were
going to go down there and not see anyone else operating in these
areas. We didn’t know that we were going to be a Vanguard medical rescue team. We thought we would be part of this overall effort but instead we were constantly in these situations where our doctors were running lead at the General Hospital –the
largest hospital in Haiti Doc Griswell is in charge of the ER. This disaster here is horrible. Lots of injuries and no supplies at the hospital — this is the biggest Hospital in Port-au-Prince and there are no supplies. We all made it work and I think that’s
probably the most incredible part of our stories we have is people from across the United States who never met they come together in Haiti and they’re in the most chaotic situation imaginable and
just like a well-oiled machine from start to finish If you go through all these organizations, then you have this bureaucracy– to get
permission to give this, or get permission to draw these supplies, and then you have to see if they can spare you the transportation. We hired our own transportation. We did our own intelligence as to where we were needed, and that’s where we went. We didn’t have to clear it through anybody, we just did it. Can you do this again for us tomorrow? — Yeah.– Okay and you can do it for the same price? –Yeah. And so we evacuated all our own patients using local nationals in local forms of transportation. –Just like
the mission statement says, want to be a rapidly deployable,
flexible medical team. We want to be able to deploy
these autonomous teams in the regions that have been struck and devastated. and bridge that gap between when the
devastation happens and when the large aid organizations can respond. They cannot respond quickly and we saw that. –They do what they do well. But what they do, takes a long time to
get going. This is 8 days after the quake, right? –Yeah. Eight days after the quake and we’re the
first responders. But there’s no reason we can’t work in
conjunction with the Red Cross and the UN. We’re simply trying to get our story out there so they realize that we have a legitimate model for doing this.
And after 14 days they are the finest organization in the world to run that disaster relief. But in those initial two weeks, I think we
have a place. The model of Team Rubicon is an excellent model
for people to use. It is: get in there right away. Give your care to the acutely injured, and then once these other people start rolling through, get out of the way. When the NGOs were finally in place, and providing aid to the outlying populations, Team Rubicon left Haiti, after having tended to thousands of
injured and displaced people. They didn’t know it at the time, but the people of Haiti had also helped the combat veterans of Team Rubicon. Clay Hunt, a marine Scout Sniper, joined Team
Rubicon in Haiti after four days. The experience helped heal some of the scars of
PTSD I’ve been in 2 third-world countries where
every second that I’ve walked through, I’ve been having to
worry about my own safety before I could worry about doing good and helping others. It was a complete opposite down in Haiti. I was able to walk through a
rubble-strewn just destroyed city that looked like it’s just
been carpet bombed. and I didn’t have to worry once
about my safety. I was there to do a job; to help people
and I have a renewed faith in humanity.
I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I have seen the absolute worst possible in the humankind. But Haiti was full of a lot of good for me. I saw people that
were in the worst situation imagineable and they were
doing things that represented the best in mankind. Since Haiti, the doctors, firefighters, medics,
and veterans of Team Rubicon have continued to develop their model
of disaster response. The support of individual donors has allowed Team Rubicon to respond
to the massive earthquake in Chile, to help send us to train refugee medics
on the Thai/Burma border, and it also made it possible to deploy a team of veterans back to the Middle East during the devastating floods in
Pakistan. One group of veterans even runs an organization
called Team Rubicon that responds to natural disasters. They
trek into some of the most remote areas in the world to provide medical aid to
thousands of people in need. The organization was founded after the
earthquake in Haiti when a former Marine, name Jake Wood,
watched the devastation unfold on TV and he said to himself, “Jake, you’re not in
the Marines anymore… but you have a special set of skills. You would be ashamed of yourself if you didn’t
use them to help people.” In 2011, Team Rubicon is deploying to Haiti once again, this time, to serve on the front lines of the
growing cholera epidemic. Then on to souther Sudan to aid people in unimaginable conflict and transition. and, of course, We’ll be on standby for whatever the world throws our way. The volunteers at Team Rubicon are ready to deploy next time we’re in need. Be a part of the next mission by supporting us today. I

4 thoughts on “Team Rubicon Genesis Video

  1. Outstanding! As General Forrest said, "Get there first with the most" I'm proud to be part of this organization.

  2. 3:38 no matter how big TR gets, I hope we remember that there's never a perfect situation, it's never the perfect time, we just go and we DO.

  3. Speechless…very amazing to see my brothers at work!!!! You guys are who we need in the world.

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