Diamondback: On anniversary of 9/11, UMD public health school dean recounts ground zero experience
School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak spoke to a group of the school's students on the anniversary of 9/11, about his experiences as one of the first responders with the CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at ground zero in New York City after the terrorist attacks occurred, the Diamondback reports.
Dr. Lushniak and others with CDC-NIOSH aided rescue efforts at ground zero and elsewhere, while trying to make sure first-responders protected themselves as well.
The wreckage created a major health risk for first responders and volunteers, but they were more concerned with saving those trapped in the debris than their own health, the Diamondback said.
"Firefighters would tell us, 'Leave me alone, [protective equipment] is going to slow me down. I'm looking for my buddy, don't you understand?'" Lushniak said to about 35 attendees at the School of Public Health. "Health and safety is very much on the backburner in those initial stages."