As Hurricane Dorian moves slowly toward the U.S. East Coast, Global Medical Response (GMR) responded to a request from FEMA to send additional ground assets and crews, as well as a new request to send air medical helicopters and crews. GMR companies Air Evac Lifeteam, Med-Trans, REACH and Guardian are sending 10 rotor wing aircraft and 80 air medical team members and support staff to assist under American Medical Response’s (AMR) contract with FEMA. Those assets have staged in Sarasota, Fla., to evacuate patients in the state.
“Our air and ground crews are staged and ready to provide immediate assistance to the communities affected by Hurricane Dorian,” said Ted Van Horne, Chief Operating Officer of Global Medical Response. “As this hurricane continues to develop and change course, we are carefully monitoring its path, and we’re staged and prepared to help.” He added that GMR has the depth of experienced ground and air assets to provide the support FEMA needs when these catastrophic events occur. “As we continue to support this storm’s unpredictable path, we also have the capability to respond to separate in-state requests for assistance to fulfill any local community needs.”
In a video update to GMR teams and network providers, Van Horne and GMR Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ed Racht explained the extensive planning the company undergoes and the multi-city/multi-state staging to prepare for this unpredictable hurricane’s potentially devastating path. Video is available here: https://global-medical-response.wistia.com/medias/f5xvfd62f5
Van Horne added that GMR teams are preparing to support the Bahamas. “We are ready to help neighbors in the Bahamas who are dealing with terrible devastation.” “We have a command structure in place and our air ambulance jet and rotor fleet stands ready to help,” he added.
The company’s National Command Center (NATCOM) in Dallas was activated on August 29 and began deploying hundreds of paramedics and EMTs, hundreds of ambulances and dozens of paratransit teams and vehicles in response to the federal government’s request to AMR for EMS deployment for Hurricane Dorian.
Throughout the deployment, NATCOM staff remotely monitors crews who have been sent to the region, dispatches onsite crews to respond to hurricane-related emergencies and evacuations, and closely monitors crews in the affected disaster areas 24/7.
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