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June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #1016
hiǃiʹm hoping someone who is working at or has worked at the amundsen-scott south pole station can answer a couple of questions.does everyone carry a radio so they can call for assistance or help no matter where they are in or around the stationʔwhat do you call your medical clinicʔ just clinicʔ or do you have some other name for itʔthanksǃcheers, julieJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9070
hi julie,i only worked at the pole for a few weeks, so iʹll defer to bill or some of the others there right now. but when i was there (during the summer), most people did not carry radios unless there was some need to do so. perhaps the rules are different in the winter.gJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9071
julie,many people carry radios (including myself) but certainly not everyone. in all parts of the station there are many phones that you can use to call for help, and if you leave the established areas or routes between buildings you must check out with comms and carry a radio. comms is manned 24/7 during the summer.the medical facility is named, well, just that, the ʹʹmedical facility,ʹʹ most people just call it ʹʹmedical.ʹʹ the old facility in the dome (demoʹd this past winter) was officially known as ʹʹbiomedʹʹ since it had been originally built for medical/animal research as well as for a clinic. so you still hear folks refer to the new clinic as ʹʹbiomedʹʹ sometimes. and occasionally ʹʹsickbay.ʹʹletʹs see, we have a ʹʹdining facilityʹʹ instead of a galley, a ʹʹvertical towerʹʹ instead of, well, something that looks like it might contain coors light; but out in summer camp we still have ʹʹhead modules.ʹʹJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9072
the sign above the door to the clinic says ʹʹclub med.ʹʹi find most folks call the ʹʹdining facilityʹʹ the galley. still… i tend to call it the chow hall.and the big silver thing… no name brands please <ǃ-- s;) --><ǃ-- s;) --> … but itʹs just called the ʹʹbeer can.ʹʹitʹll be intereting to see when comms moves to soc if the name will change or if comms will stick.ciaoǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9073
thanks glenn, bill and offyonderǃthatʹs just what i needed to know. <ǃ-- s:-) --><ǃ-- s:-) -->iʹm curious about the beer can. what on earth do you use it forʔcheers, julieJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9074
julie,that contains the stairs from the elevated portion of the station to the buried arches (power plant, fuel, garage, and for now, the dome), there is also a cargo elevator.itʹs the round metal thing on the left in this picture:http://www.southpolestation.com <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) --> <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) -->June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9075
ahǃ thank youǃ <ǃ-- s:-) --><ǃ-- s:-) -->cheers, julieJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9076
julie, i was a member of the winter-over party for deep freeze 1965. so i can provide a perspective of what it “was like in the old days.” there was no intra-camp radio communications and all communications to mcmurdo, other stations, and the outside world was by high frequency radio. the medical clinic was called “sick bay.” a navy term for medical dispensary. the station officer in charge was a medical doctor who was assisted by a navy corpsman. fortunately we had little need for their expertise. unfortunately the crew that relieved us had a person crushed between a sled and the ramp of a c-130 cargo aircraft. i suspect there was little that could be done for him too, as he died as a result of the accident.hope the preceding provides some insight.cheers, <ǃ-- s:d --><ǃ-- s:d -->
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