A group of South Florida medical responders are returning home Sunday and Monday after spending two weeks assisting with Hurricane Sandy recovery in New York.
The team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and mental health experts are expected to arrive at local airports.
While in New York, the medical responders staffed a field hospital in Long Beach providing first aid, triage and medical care.
The team is part of the National Disaster Medical System, a federal network that provides assistance in case of a natural disasters or other catastrophes, where area medical facilities are stretched to their limits.
The team that assisted in Sandy recovery is comprised of medical professionals from Broward and Palm Beach counties.
They represent personnel from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Coral Springs Fire Rescue, Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue, Davie Fire Rescue, Boca Raton Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County fire rescue departments.
The medical personnel on the team are from Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, Boca Raton Regional Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center and Palms West Hospital.