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Maryland to send ambulance teams to Philly for Pope visit

Maryland sends ambulances to Philly to aid in Pope visit.

Maryland plans to send two ambulance strike teams Friday to Philadelphia to meet emergency needs during the Pope’s visit.

A strike team typically consists of five ambulances and a supervisor, according to the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, or MIEMSS, which coordinates the state’s trauma and emergency medical services and is handling the request along with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA.

The teams will be staffed and equipped by the Baltimore City Fire DepartmentCecilton Volunteer Fire Company and the commercial companies LifeStar Response and Butler Medical Transport.

They plan to leave from the Singerly Fire Department in Elkton Friday morning for their assignment, which will include supporting first aid tents and answering 911 emergency call.

“Because of the on-going emergency medical needs during this event, we are sending emergency personnel and vehicles to assist our neighboring city,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement. “Emergency medical responses are not contained by geographic borders, and neither, therefore, should our ability to respond to them.” 

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