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First on the Scene

Written by  Janette Ballman Monday, 19 November 2007 20:47

Emergency responders called into action after Hurricane Katrina were put to the test as they handled thousands of emergencies in less than ideal conditions. Brandon Bond, team member with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-6 gives a first-hand account of his experiences. DMAT is a volunteer team organized under the National Disaster Medical System and operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide emergency medical care during times of disaster. Bond, a disaster preparedness manager for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., was deployed to Houston, Texas, with his team on Sunday, Aug. 28, one day before Katrina made landfall on the gulf coast.