For Immediate Release
January 14, 2010
Emergency Medical Services
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3 EMS Staff Deployed with Relief Groups
Two Boston EMS uniformed staff members, EMT Mike Vojak and Paramedic Greg Bond, and Senior EMS Fellow Dr. David Hirsch, all volunteers with disaster medical organizations, were deployed last night to help with emergency response efforts after Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti and the surrounding area. Each has been asked to report back on the conditions so that information can be relayed to other authorities and supportive assistance can be provided as applicable.
Both EMT Vojak and Dr. Hirsch are members of DMAT-1, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team based out of Boston. Vojak has been with Boston EMS since 1982 and Hirsch since 2008. Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are under the jurisdiction of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Paramedic Bond, a member of IMSuRT-East, the International Medical Surgical Response Team based out of Boston, has been with Boston EMS since 1997. IMSuRT is a specialized team of highly trained personnel and is equipped to establish a fully capable free-standing field surgical unit anywhere in the world.
Deployments typically last two weeks with a rotation of staff but depend heavily on the conditions on the ground.