Williamson Medical Center (WMC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals are part of an Ambulance Strike Team deployed alongside Type IV A-Team professionals from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to Florida in preparation for the expected impact of Hurricane Ian. Three Ambulance Strike Teams including advanced life support ambulances and 37 EMS professionals from across the state of Tennessee deployed Monday to support the state of Florida for 14 days.
“EMS providers are critically important during an emergency situation,” said Phil Mazzuca, Williamson Medical Center CEO. “We are proud to have members from the WMC EMS team among the elite professionals assisting the communities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Florida neighbors as they brace for the incoming storm.”
The group of WMC EMS professionals among the representatives of the Ambulance Strike Team from the Mid-Cumberland Region include Clyde Prater, Debi Kolak and John Mason. The region has ambulances from Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, and Davidson counties deployed to Florida. Prater will serve as the regional team leader. The teams spent their first night in Pensacola at a community center and are moving across the state as the impact of the hurricane is better known and the most critical areas of need are identified.
The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency worked closely with Williamson Medical Center to help the team get ready for deployment, gathering non-medical supplies/equipment including bottled water; meals, ready-to-eat (MREs); and sleeping cots.
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