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【SDG 11】The race to save lives: the search-and-rescue team and the DMAT

2021-11-11
The race to save lives: the search-and-rescue team and the DMAT
Executing prompt and highly efficient rescue work and minimizing losses caused by disasters require extensive training and experience in decision-making. To strengthen its disaster contingency plan, the New Taipei City Government has established the Search and Rescue team, which better integrates a wide variety of resources and cultivates diverse talent. The team comprises experts from different fields, including civil rescue groups, volunteer firefighters, physicians, and structural engineering technicians. In addition, the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was the first medical assistance team launched by local government in Taiwan. Through cooperation among physicians in emergency and critical care, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, medical care and rescue assistance are provided to increase the survival rate of the injured. Since its creation in September 2017, the DMAT has supported rescues of more than 270 people. The DMAT has participated in the rescues and medical assistance during major disasters such as the 2018 Hualien earthquake and 2021 Hualien train derailment.

Competent Authority:Fire Department
 
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