GLENDALE, AZ - Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Chris Gustafson was recently deployed to New York as part of an emergency medical team assigned to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Glendale Fire Department says that the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is comprised of professional and para-professional medical personnel who are scheduled to be on call for different times of the year.
Gustafson is assigned as the acting Operations Chief and is filling in with medical duties.
The team is reportedly located in Nassau Community College in New York, providing special needs care for nursing home residents, looking after a large shelter and giving other medical attention.
Glendale Fire also says that there is another area with a 24-hour clinic looking after 600 people shelter in a gym. Apparently the stomach flu, or Norovirus, is their main concern at the moment.
The DMAT team has a total of 66 professionals from states like Alaska, Kentucky, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii and more.
The team is expected to stay on duty through Nov. 25.