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Southern Union Emergency Medical Services (EMS) faculty Greg Brewer and Tim Curry were in Washington, D.C. last week to offer emergency response during the presidential inauguration.

Brewer and Curry were deployed to the event as part of a disaster medical assistance team (DMAT) to serve as additional medical and  infrastructure resources, ensuring that adequate support was in place to take care of the crowds, VIPs and potential threats to public health and safety. 

DMAT teams function under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These teams are located across the United States and act as federal medical teams comprised of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pharmacists (along with logistics and support staff personnel) who can be deployed in an emergency response situation.

Typically utilized in event of a large scale natural disaster or national event, such as a presidential inauguration, DMAT teams can serve a range of capacities from treating dignitaries to addressing citizen’s emergency health issues to setting up a makeshift hospital in a disaster struck area.

Serving as part of the AL3, a team based out of Mobile, Brewer and Curry were also mobilized to provide additional medical support during the historic Papal visit to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia in 2015.