FINDLAY — Paul Beidelschies, a paramedic from Findlay, deployed to New York City this week to provide medical support during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Beidelschies serves as a member of the National Disaster Medical System’s disaster medical assistance team.
During the two-and-half-week period while U.N. member states are attending the General Assembly, medical assistance personnel along with U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers stand ready to provide advanced life support and basic medical care to the thousands of people from around the nation attending the event.
NDMS teams consist of physicians, nurses, paramedics, fatality management professionals, veterinarians, and experienced command and control staff. There are more than 6,000 team members organized in to 70 response teams. Providing medical care during emergencies and special events, such as the U.N. General Assembly, can overwhelm local and state resources.