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NJ EMS Task Force Coordinates Hoboken University Medical Center Evacuation

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Hoboken NJ, the New Jersey EMS Task Force, working closely with the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management’s EMS Coordinator, State and Hospital officials, successfully coordinated a planned evacuation of Hoboken University Medical Center on Tuesday night because the facility was experiencing water issues stemming from a water main break in the city.

NJEMSTF members transported 45 patients to Christ Hospital, Bayonne Medical Center and other facilities throughout what became a multi-hour operation.

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NJEMSTF activated members of its incident advance team, planning, staging, and communications modules, deployed two Medical Ambulance Buses and coordinated the use of ambulance strike teams to ensure patients were transported safely throughout the operation.  Those units responded from Bergen, Hudson and Essex County, under the request from the County OEM/EMS Coordinator through the Task Force’s Operations Center.

“We’re glad that with our people, assets, and through our collaboration with local EMS, OEMS, and law enforcement we could assist Hoboken University Medical Center with the operation,” said Mike Bascom, the NJEMSTF’s state leader, and non-profit chairman. “The NJEMSTF is trained and uniquely positioned to handle healthcare facility evacuations. Under the guidance of North Leader Michael McCabe and the work of NJEMSTF team members on location, the evacuation went smoothly and safely.”

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Hoboken University Medical Center announced earlier in the day that it would proceed with a strategic and coordinated evacuation plan in response to the water main break that impacted water pressure. The NJEMSTF was activated shortly after 3:00 PM and finished the mission at midnight.

The New Jersey EMS Task Force was formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attackswhen in the weeks and months after the tragedy, EMS leaders from around New Jersey gathered to develop a plan for an organization to train for and coordinate a statewide EMS response to a disaster of any kind. Today, the NJ EMS Task Force is a nationally recognized leader representing more than 200 top-line EMS providers from career and volunteer services, hospital-based advanced life support providers, and communications teams. The NJEMSTF membership is ready to respond to large-scale man-made and natural disasters, catastrophes, and planned events anywhere in New Jersey and beyond.

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Here are the agencies that participated:

Bergen County EMS

Bergen County OEM

Essex County Sheriff

Fort Lee Ambulance

Hackensack University EMS

Hoboken Ambulance

Hudson County OEM

Hudson Regional EMS

McCabe Ambulance

Mahwah EMS

North Bergen EMS

RWJBH-Jersey City EMS

Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance

Union City EMS

University Hospital EMS

Weehawken EMS

West New York EMS

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