FL-3 Doing Community Service with Youth Groups National BMX Races

FL-3 participates in local community events such as marathons, BMX races, golf classics, rodeos and air shows. The team provides much needed medical care on site while working closely with local Fire Fighters and Ambulance transport services.

This type of work mimics the type of work FL-3 would do in the field and provides members with a good orientation to field operations with an experienced, field trained staff. EMS services are introduced to DMAT capability and operations.

Many patients were treated and 5 were sent to the hospital. Injuries ranged from broken collar bones to suspected neck injuries. A spectator was treated for chest pain and even a lacerated spleen injury was "packaged" for hospital transport. The 4 wheel drive (gators) vehicles were perfect for patient transport in large crowds because they could penetrate the crowds more safely than the larger EMS vehicles. More pictures

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Our New FEMA Trucks have Arrived!

Our truck shuttle team standing by our new trucks just before departing to Tampa Bay. From left to right: Jared De Witt, Troy Stevenson, Kevin Walker, Adam Karsin, Dan Johnson and Dave Felt.

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FL-3 Returns to Port Charlotte!

Ron Wegner and Diane Speranza Chief Nurse presenting award to Bon Secours - St Josephs Hospital C.E.O. Michael Harrington

SARASOTA, FL – On October 8, 2004, Ron Wegner and Diane Speranza Chief Nurse returned to Bon Secours - St Josephs Hospital to present awards to the Administrator and the Staff for their work with our DMAT in time of crisis, and for "duty above and beyond".

FL-3 Deployed to St Josephs Hospital when the facility became disabled during Hurricane Charlie. "We were so impressed at the level of help and care of duty that the employees demonstrated" that we ( the rescue team ) went back and presented them with two awards! They were accepted by CEO Michael Harrington and Nurse Manager Carol Rothman at the St Joseph's annual formal dance and Hospital award ceremony. Neither the administrator nor the employees had any idea that we were coming to the party! Korinne Carpino executive secretary helped with the plot to surprise the staff.

Related links:
Hurricane Charley - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court TV Honors FL-3 for Hurricane Responses

From FEMA News: (click here to read the online article)

Fema Disaster Medical Assistance Team Honored With "Everyday Heroes" Award

Release Date: November 4, 2004
Release Number: HQ-04-236

Ron Wegner accepts award on behalf of FL-3 DMAT team from Court TV Anchor - Amanda Grove

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In recognition of their work following Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) based in Tampa, Fla., was honored this morning with a Court TV Everyday Hero Award during ceremonies in Washington, DC. Ron Wegner accepted the award at a breakfast honoring the Court TV Everyday Hero Award recipients.

"We are proud of the work of Ron and his Florida FEMA DMAT team members," said Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for Homeland Security and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "The incredible work of the medical teams in response to all of the Florida hurricanes helped thousands of people with critical medical care."

Wegner and the 35 member medical team he commands were the first team to deploy to the hard hit areas of Florida following Hurricane Charley. One month later they played a critical role in response to Hurricane Ivan in the Panhandle. In all, the FEMA Florida DMAT treated more than 1,000 patients injured as a result of the hurricanes. More than 9,500 patients were treated by FEMA DMATs following the four hurricanes that hit Florida.

FEMA DMATs are part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), which is one of the resources brought to FEMA since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

FEMA DMATs have recently responded to large-scale disasters including The World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, Hurricane Isabel in September 2003, and the Bam, Iran Earthquake in December 2003. NDMS Teams have also been deployed in 2004 to support the G8 Summit in Georgia, the National Democratic Convention in Boston and the Republican National Convention in New York.

Court TV's Everyday Heroes Award honors individuals who have shown acts of courage or bravery and they have been honoring recipients with the award for the past four years.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Related links:
Hurricane Charley - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Hurricane Frances - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Hurricane Ivan - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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