Special Operations Team Lends Flood Support

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StJosephs_SpecialOpsTeam_FloodingSupportPaterson, NJ [March 22, 2011] - "St. Joseph's Healthcare System is dedicated to caring for the residents of the City of Paterson and surrounding communities," states Robert J. Bertollo, MICP, LRCP, MBA, Program Manager – Life Support Education & Emergency Response Operations, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. "This is true within the walls of our hospitals, and on the city streets in times of crisis and need," he added. That is why the St. Joseph's Special Operations Team took to the streets of Passaic County to provide medical coverage during the recent near-record rainfall and flooding. The Special Operations Team deployed the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Emergency Physician Response Vehicle (MD-2) and the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Mass Care Response Unit (MCRU-11) to support rescue/evacuation efforts by Swift Water Rescue Boat teams from the Paterson Fire Department and the New Jersey State Police Task Force One.

MD-2 was tasked to support New Jersey State Police Task Force One which was staged at the Passaic County O.E.M. Emergency Operations Center (based at Passaic County's Public Safety Academy) and responded to deployment requests throughout the County. MCRU-11 deployed its on-scene treatment/rehabilitation station at the Paterson Fire Department Command Post, which was established adjacent to the Passaic River on Haledon Avenue at East Main Street in Paterson.


"St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's MD-2 and MCRU-11units assisted in several rescues and provided treatment/rehabilitation, mostly for cold water exposure, to rescue personnel as well as evacuees," Bertollo adds. The St. Joseph's MD-2 and MCRU-11 units remained on call until the state of emergency declaration was rescinded.


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