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Medical Toxicologists Participating in Chemical Preparedness Share in DHS Award

The Chemical Defense Team at the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) was selected for the “DHS Outstanding Partnership Award” which is being presented at the Secretary’s Award Ceremony on November 6, 2019, in Washington, DC.

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), along with the Interagency Board for Emergency Preparedness and Response, the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX), and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (Shreveport, LA) were singled out as partners in collaborative efforts to rapidly coordinate a United States Government response to emerging chemical threats. The Chemical Defense Team’s actions to provide training to operators in response to toxic inhalant threats and a coordinated response to the U.K. nerve agent incidents were specifically cited. ACMT participated in these activities via an ongoing contract with DHS. ACMT subject matter experts in each federal region respond to requests from Mark Kirk, MD FACMT; Mark Sutter, MD FACMT; Dev Jani, Ph.D. and others at DHS/CWMD/Chemical Defense Team under an existing contract.

Shared by Charles McKay, MD, FACMT