The New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and deployed to Florida on Friday, Sept. 3, to provide medical assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances.
The New Mexico DMAT is based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine's Emergency Medicine Department. DMAT is made up of volunteer nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, and logistics and communications specialists from around the state who train to give urgent medical care at the scene of medical disasters.
Thirty-three members of the New Mexico DMAT left Friday from various locations by commercial air and rendezvoused in Tampa to await further orders after the passage of the storm. On Monday, the team received its assignment and was deployed to Martin County on Florida's east coast, near the area where the eye of Hurricane Frances came ashore. After traveling to the site by bus, the team members erected a field hospital near one of the local hospitals, and by Monday evening, began treating patients.
The team leader for this deployment is Steve Trammel of the UNM Health Sciences Center. The New Mexico DMAT has been one of the most active teams of its type since its creation and has previously been deployed to other hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, and to ground zero in New York following the Sept. 11 attack.
Contact: Sam Giammo, 272-3322