Department of Defense Creates an Emergency Ebola Military Domestic Response Team

Department of Defense creates an Domestic response team for Ebola here in the U.S. It is a military contingency, not a medical team
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  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CREATES AN EMERGENCY EBOLA MILITARY DOMESTIC RESPONSE TEAM OCTOBER 21, 2014 Breaking news from the Department of Defense. An emergency Ebola domestic response team   has been created at the request of the US Military, in conjunction with the CDC, and at the direction of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The rapid response team will ONLY be deployed domestically in the United States, and will consist of 20 critical care nurses, 5 Doctors trained in infectious disease, and 5 trainers in infectious disease protocols.”×288-442k.mp4   “Hagel   Orders Expeditionary Ebola Support Team     DoD News, Defense Media Activity   WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2014  –   In response to a request by the Department of Health and  Human Services, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered U.S. Northern Command to  prepare and train a 30-member expeditionary medical support team that could, if required,  provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States.    In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said formation of the team is an added prudent measure to ensure the nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively and  safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.   Nurses, doctors, trainers     Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the Northcom commander, is with the military services to  source and to form the joint team, Kirby said. It will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease and five trainers in infectious disease protocols, he added.   Once the team is formed, the admiral said, its members will be sent to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for up to seven days of specialized training in infection control and personal protective equipment. That training is expected to start within the next week or so, he added, and will be  provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.    After training, team members will remain in a “prepare  to deploy”  status for 30 days, available to be sent to other U.S. locations as required. They will not be sent to West Africa or elsewhere overseas, Kirby said, and will be called upon domestically only if that is deemed prudent by  public health professionals.   Acting in advance of potential requests     “Identifying,  training, and preparing forces in advance of potential requests ensures that we can respond quickly and is analogous to how we prepare DoD personnel in advance of other  potential civil support missions, such as hurricane relief and wildland  firefighting,”  the press  secretary said.    Hagel is committed to ensuring the Defense Department is prepared to provide appropriate capabilities to support the  government’s  response to Ebola, the admiral said. “He  is extraordinarily proud of the skill and professionalism of our servicemen and women and of the unique capabilities they bring to this important effort,”  he added. “As  always, their safety and  security will remain foremost on his mind.”  
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