FIU's State Medical Response Team Deploys in the Middle of the Night to Assist West Kendall Baptist Hospital after Hurricane Irma Passes
After the winds finally died down, the Florida Department of Health tapped FIU's State Medical Response Team to deploy to West Kendall Baptist Health to assist with the surge of patients following the impact from Hurricane Irma. A total of six physicians, six nurses, and one paramedic assembled in the late evening on September 11th at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus to prepare for their medical mission. From there, they drove in a caravan of vehicles, including FIU's Mobile Health Clinic to West Kendall Baptist Hospital in complete darkness. The team arrived at 1:00 a.m. and immediately went to work caring for an overwhelming number of patients.
FIU-FAST Participates in Disaster Field Exercise Hosted by FIU's Academy for International Disaster Preparedness
During the weekend of July 14-16, FIU-FAST participated in a multi-agency disaster field exercise at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. Each year, in collaboration with local stakeholders, the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness conducts a 60-hour disaster field exercise for its graduate students in the Masters in Disaster Management. This year participants included the U.S. Coast Guard, Miami Dade Fire and Air Rescue Department, Florida Department of Health, and members of the FIU-FAST Team.
FIU-FAST Set Up Mobile Field Hospital to Support Miami Beach Air & Sea Show During Memorial Day Weekend
During the Memorial Day weekend, FIU-FAST teamed up with the Miami Beach Fire Rescue Department to support the huge crowd attending the National Salute to America's Heroes Air and Sea Show. Over 200,000 visitors attended festivities throughout the weekend.
FIU-FAST Deploys to Guatemala as part of Continuing Promise 2017 (CP17)
On January 31, 2017, eight members of the FIU-FAST team deployed to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala as part of CP17, a civil-military humanitarian mission to provide health services to communities in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The team deployed for approximately two weeks.
FIU-FAST Conducts Joint Training Mission with the 934th Aero Evacuation Squadron (Minnesota)
On January 28th, members of the FIU-FAST team and Florida's State Medical Response Team 7 traveled to Naval Air Station Key West to train how to evacuate critically ill patients on military aircraft. Members of the 934th AES provided an orientation to FIU-FAST and SMRT 7 teams on flight line safety, aircraft configuration and loading and unloading patients in the C130 litter system.
FIU-FAST Conducts Austere Environment Exercise
On December 10, 2016, the FIU-FAST team deployed to the Dade-Collier Airport in the Everglades National Park to participate in a two-day exercise to train new team members and test its disaster response capabilities.
FIU-FAST Demonstration at FIU Modesto Maidique Campus
On April 29, 2016, the newly-formed FIU-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport team (FIU-FAST) demonstrated its disaster response capabilities with Miami Dade Fire Rescue Air Operations Division.