Century Ambulance recently selected Leigh Cowan to join our team as a Special Projects Manager, responsible for leading our expansion into Pasco County and West Florida. Leigh was featured in the April 2019 issue of South Florida Hospital News & Healthcare Report, highlighting her important role as the lead of Century Ambulance’s Disaster Response Team.

 

For nearly a decade, Floridians watched hurricane seasons come and go without a threat. Since 2016, Florida was affected by Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, Irma, Maria, Nate, Michael, and countless wildfires, floods, and tornadoes. With a renewed focus on Disaster Preparedness, Century Ambulance formalized a Disaster Response Team to aid local responders during all disasters, not just hurricanes. During these disasters, healthcare facilities and local fire rescue departments regularly call on Century to send strike teams of ambulances to aid in healthcare facility evacuations, so they can focus on other response efforts throughout their jurisdictions.

Century’s Disaster Response Team is comprised of seasoned veterans and emergency management professionals who have extensive deployment experience and regularly respond to statewide mutual aid requests and requests from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The team is led by Leigh Cowan, Century’s Special Projects Manager, who holds a Master’s in Florida Studies (Emergency Management), coordinated the State of Florida West Coast Incident Management Team from 2016-2018, and is a Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Associate Emergency Manager. All team members are vetted through an application process to ensure they have the proper Incident Command System training (online and in-class), relevant experience, and organizational support to ensure the strike team can deliver a premier response to the requesting agency. Additionally, they are supported by a command center located in Jacksonville, Florida, to coordinate their deployment so they can focus on the mission. The year 2019 promises even more training opportunities and a dedication toward continual improvement by expanding the Century team’s All-Hazard capabilities. Century stands ready to respond to any of Florida’s disasters including wildfires, floods, active shooters, tornadoes, and general healthcare facility evacuations.

To learn more about Century’s Disaster Response Team and its capabilities, please email leigh.cowan@centuryamb.com or call (727) 418-0708.