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Northern New England MMRS Maine Medical Strike Team To Deploy for Airshow


September 12, 2007


Brunswick, ME -- The Northern New England MMRS Maine Medical Strike Team will deploy for State of Maine Airshow at Naval Air Station Brunswick.

On September 14,15, and 16, 2007, emergency responders from the Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System (NNE MMRS) Maine Task Force One (1) will stage their initial deployment to provide medical coverage for the Great State of Maine Airshow, held at the Naval Air Station Brunswick, located in Brunswick, Maine.

Maine Task Force One has been developed over the past 16 months as a component of the NNE MMRS, which is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The team is composed of emergency responders and emergency preparedness experts from across Maine, and is available to provide 24/7 disaster medical response for the State. Maine Task Force One is housed within the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Requests for assistance for the team are channeled through MEMA.

In February 2007, the United States Navy asked Maine Task Force One to be involved in the medical planning and response for the State of Maine Airshow. The Navy realized that the capabilities of this team could add an increased level of support to medical operations at the airshow, and has given the team a leadership role in the planning and execution of this coverage. The airshow expects over 500,000 attendees over three days.

With the addition of this in-state response team, the length of time between a disaster occurring in Maine and assistance on the scene of the incident is greatly reduced. Maine Task Force One is composed of first responders, hospital personnel, communications experts, and logisticians. The team is lead by John Bastin, PA-C, EMT-P of Topsham, and Josh Frances, EMT-I of Brunswick, ME.

The NNE MMRS regional office is based at the New England Center for Emergency Preparedness (NECEP) at Dartmouth Medical School. The NNE MMRS functions as a coordinating resource for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont in preparing for and responding to the health and medical consequences of a mass casualty event affecting the tri-state region. The Metropolitan Medical Response System national program began in 1996 and is housed in the Preparedness Programs Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



John Bastin, Commander – Maine Task Force One, 207-795-2960
Josh Frances, PIO, Deputy Commander – Maine Task Force One, 207-831-8459


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