Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Paramedic Nick Kiniski received an early morning wake up call on March 1. At approximately 2 a.m., he received a call from an expectant father; the mom was in labor and they may need to get off island before the first ferry. After some discussion, the family was made aware of options and Kiniski hung up the phone.
“I couldn’t go back to sleep though. I knew I was probably going to get called again,” Kiniski said. “So I took the opportunity to review our delivery protocols and make sure I had everything together just in case.”
At 4:19 a.m., dispatch paged out a call: “En route to station 21. Woman in Active Labor.”
Kiniski knew this had to be the same family. Approximately 10 minutes later, Seadrick and Emily Wooding arrived at Station 21; Emily was in active labor, her water broke and the baby was coming fast. Kiniski called for Airlift Northwest, which arrived about 30 minutes later, to pick up the Woodings. There was no time to get in the helicopter for an 8-minute flight. Baby Wooding would not wait. At 4:51 a.m. Emily delivered a healthy baby boy, Elliott Richard Wooding.
“I’m not going to lie,” Kiniski said. “I got a little teary-eyed.” He credits the Airlift Northwest team who stepped in and worked right with the OIFR team. “It was my 11th delivery; but my first in an ambulance. Mom was a superstar.”
Following delivery, the family was transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation. They were discharged home later the same night. Elliott joins his parents and an older brother in their home on Orcas Island. Elliott weighed in at 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Chief Scott Williams it up: “So often EMS and Fire crews are involved in someone’s worst moment. It is an honor for our crew to be a part of someone’s best moment. I am very proud of the OIFR and Airlift crews on this exciting delivery.”