I was working the day shift for my city EMS when my partner and I were called to the office. Our supervisor had heard the traffic from FDNY on the base radio so we turned on the TV to watch it all unfold. We watched and listened until around 11am which is when we got orders to start packing supplies. We spent lunch and early afternoon boxing up extra bandages and packing as much equipment as we could in to a couple of our units. By dinner our county had a convoy of some 30 ambulances and 5 support units headed up the expressway to NYC. Over the next two weeks we rotated people out every few days but our units remained in NYC for over a month. I remember when the trucks did come back they had so much dust caked in the cabinets and in small spaces that we never did get them completely clean.