PSA’s Steve Pomponi Trains Elite Team Tasked with Containing the Ebola Outbreak

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Anniston, AL – October 22, 2014 –  PSA’s Senior Safety Consultant, Steve Pomponi, recently returned from Anniston, Alabama where he was deployed as a member of the Maryland-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MD-1 DMAT).  His mission was to help prepare the 65 U.S. Public Health Services (USPHS) personnel travelling to West Africa to assist with the Ebola outbreak.   Steve was responsible for performing 200 respirator fit tests and multiple training sessions for various models of respirators.  “I believe that all my education, experiences and training over the years led up to this single mission” said Steve.

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is an elite uniformed service with more than 6,800 full-time, highly qualified public health professionals, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations domestically and abroad. “I was humbled when I saw these uniformed personnel so committed and ready to assist those in need. I will think of them every day while they are in Africa battling this outbreak” claimed Steve.

The Maryland-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team is a group of dedicated medical professionals from within the National Capitol Region of the United States.  The team’s purpose is to provide rapid-response service to supplement local medical care during a disaster or any event that overwhelms a region’s healthcare infrastructure.

Steve’s passion for safety and human welfare is reflected in every aspect of his daily life. When he is not working with PSA clients preventing or mitigating losses, he spends time volunteering with Silver Spring Fire Department as an EMT and Director of their Life Safety Unit.  “I am proud to work for PSA.  They supported this deployment without hesitation.  Knowing I had the backing of upper management and my co-workers, allowed me to focus on the mission and know my clients were getting the attention they need” said Steve.