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Shaler resident helps Key West hurricane victims |

Shaler resident helps Key West hurricane victims

| Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:36 a.m
Robert Skertich, of Shaler, helping coordinate disaster relief in Key West following the devastations caused by Hurricane Irma.

Robert Skertich, of Shaler, associate professor and coordinator of the public administration program at Point Park University, recently returned from Key West, where he was using his skills to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

Skertich is a member of Pittsburgh’s U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Disaster Medical Assistance Team, otherwise known as DMAT PA-1.

He is also a firefighter, driver/operator and training instructor for the Elfinwild Fire Company in Shaler Township and previously served as the chief of the Hampton Township Fire Department in Allison Park.

Additionally, Skertich has taught extensively at the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania State Fire Academies.

He has worked in the field at the local, national and international levels since the 1980s.

“My involvement with disaster relief grew out of my fire and EMS background and medical planning for airport and other community disasters,” he said.

“There was a lot of damage in the Keys. The infrastructure was significantly impacted, including the local hospital (Lower Keys Medical Center), so we were treating at least 60 patients a day.”

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