Seattle-King County Disaster Team
The Seattle King County Disaster Team is a group comprised of 60 personnel including Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, Paramedics, Firefighters and other non-medical personnel.
The Team was formed in 1985 following the earthquake in Mexico City. Members of the Seattle Fire Department, along with representatives of the local health care community, formed a disaster relief team to respond to the immediate needs of the citizens of Mexico City. Upon completion of this mission, the responding personnel felt they had served a vital role - thus beginning the Seattle King County Disaster Team. (SKCDT)
The SKCDT is equipped with over twelve tons of equipment that can be deployed to a disaster site within 24 hours. Utilizing it's own tents, generators, food and water purification equipment, the team can operate as a self-sufficient unit for a period of up to two weeks.
As a part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), the SKCDT, (designated "Washington One" or WA-1), is one of twenty five Level One Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) available to respond anywhere in the United States or its territories.
This information courtesy of the DEMAT website
|| Lieutenant John Bridenbaugh. John is currently a member of the DEMAT team. John responded to the New York City event and to Hurricane Katrina.