EVENT: An Opportunity to Serve
Arizona's First Disaster Medical Assistance Team Community Kick Off
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 26, noon-1 p.m.
PLACE: UA College of Pharmacy, Room 325, 1703 E. Mabel, Tucson
- Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, chair, AZ-1 DMAT Executive Committee, and U.S. Surgeon General nominee
- Allan J. Hamilton, MD, director, AZ-1 DMAT, and chairman, Department of Surgery, Arizona Health Sciences Center
- John Porter, MD, operations director, AZ-1 DMAT, and director, Trauma & Critical Care, Arizona Health Sciences Center
- Bill Piggott, MD, director and senior emergency coordinator, U.S. Public Health Service Office of Emergency Preparedness, Region IX
MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Except for Dr. Carmona, speakers will be available for interviews following the event. Pending his appointment as U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona will not be available for interviews. Contact: Jo Marie Gellerman, (520) 626-7301 April 23, 2002
To ensure medical aid is available in the event of a mass-casualty emergency, the Office of Emergency Preparedness/National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has authorized the formation of Arizona's first Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), AZ-1. Members of the medical community, the media and the public are invited to learn more about AZ-1 on Friday, April 26, noon-1 p.m., at the UA College of Pharmacy, Room 325, 1703 E. Mabel (corner of Warren and Mable).
A DMAT is a group of physicians, nurses, medical technicians, other health care professionals, and non-medical support staff who volunteer their talents to save lives during a disaster, such as a fire, an earthquake, industrial accident or terrorist attack. The team can be deployed to provide emergency medical care in the first 72 hours of an emergency. DMATs are a community resource available to support local, regional, state and national health care systems.
The Arizona Health Sciences Center will sponsor AZ-1 DMAT and the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will facilitate the planning and operation phases. Other critical emergency preparedness entities also will participate in planning and operations, such as the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and the local NDMS.
"The Arizona Disaster Medical Assistance Team will be an independent, non-profit organization of volunteers from every aspect of the healthcare profession," says Allan Hamilton, MD, director of AZ-1 DMAT, and head of the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. "We plan to recruit, equip, train and maintain a team that is ready to mobilize when local, county and state resources are overwhelmed due to a mass-casualty incident or disaster.
"AZ-1 is an opportunity for the Pima County medical community to serve their county, their state and their country."