New Mexico DMAT Returns from Ground Zero in New York City

Members of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance (DMAT) Team completed their 10-day deployment to "Ground Zero," at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers in New York City. While there, they treated injuries sustained by the recovery teams who have been working around the clock to remove debris and recover remains.

Dr. Paul Roth, dean of the UNM School of Medicine, served as the team leader and filed daily reports, writing about the day's activities and profiling team members. The reports were posted on the Health Sciences Center intranet page. On-the scene photos and information from Ground Zero are still available for viewing at http.//hscapp.unm.edu/intranet/dmat.cfm.

The 20-member team left Albuquerque for New York City on October 7 and returned on October 18. DMAT personnel treated more than 160 people during their graveyard shift from midnight to 8 a.m.

John Gaffney, deputy commander of the team, reported treating injuries consisting of cuts, scratches, sprains, respiratory infections and eye injuries.

"We played a small role in a great and heroic mission of rescue and recovery, nonetheless a significant one," said Dr. Paul Roth. "At our initial orientation upon arrival here, we were told that we would be changed by this experiences and I know I have been."

Nine DMAT members left about a week earlier to help fill in for Florida and Alaska teams. Additionally, four members of DMAT were part of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team that was sent to aid in search and recovery efforts at the Pentagon in September.


Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322

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