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Tennessee Unveils Mass Fatality Investigation Team

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by Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The state of Tennessee has unveiled a mass fatality team to help leaders and first responders prepare in the event of multiple fatalities.

The special response team will be called a Medicolegal Death Investigator Strike Team, or MDI-Strike Team.

The state medical examiner said the 10-member team will respond at a moment's notice when county medical examiners are overwhelmed with mass casualties.

Paramedic Danny Cupples and Maury County Regional Medical Center have already put together a local team. They help at fatal vehicle crashes and other incidents involving death - even natural deaths.

Cupples has become a certified death investigator after training under people who worked at Ground Zero.

"I'm bringing it from them here to help make our system better, because they made the mistakes. They lived through it and I think have learned from it," said Cupples.

The state already had an EMS team of more than 400 people to respond in situations where there are mass casualties, but not fatalities.

State officials said they would like to see the death investigation strike team in place by the Spring of 2014.

Email: mbellinger@newschannel5.com 

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