U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)–Basic
Category: Health & Medical (ESF #8)
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Overall Function (see Definition and NOTE 1) Patient-Care Capabilities Triage and treat up to 250 patients per day for up to 3 days without resupply Triage and treat up to 250 patients per day for up to 3 days without resupply Augment or supplement Type I or II team within this team’s local area Personnel may be used to supplement other teams  
Personnel and Equipment Readiness Roster Fulfillment, Equipment Loading Upon alert, full 35-person roster within 4 hours. After activation, deployment ready within 6 hours Upon alert, full roster within 6 hours. After activation, deployment ready within 12 hours Upon alert, 75% rostered within 12 hours. After activation, deployment ready within 24 hours Does not meet minimal deployable team requirements  
Demonstrated Readiness Readiness Testing and Geployment History 100% rating on NDMS readiness test in past 12 months. History of prior full deployment to austere environment 100% rating on NDMS readiness test in past 12 months 75% or greater rating on NDMS readiness test in past 12 months Less than
Type III
 
Personnel Standard DMAT deploys with 35 personnel for all missions (NOTE 2) Membership Level 105 or more deployable team personnel on NDMS roster; 12 or more physicians; 3 or more of each of PA or NP, RN, RPh, and paramedic 90 or more deployable team personnel on NDMS roster; 9 or more physicians; 3 or more of each of PA or NP, RN, RPh, and paramedic 50 or more deployable team personnel on NDMS roster; 6 or more physicians; 2 or more of each of PA or NP, RN, RPh, and paramedic Less than
Type III.
 
Shelters, Equipment, and Supplies Logistics Status Full DMAT equipment cache properly managed, stored, and inventoried per NDMS requirements Full DMAT equipment cache properly managed, stored and inventoried per NDMS requirements Full or partial DMAT equipment cache properly managed, stored, and inventoried per NDMS requirements Less than partial cache.  
Transportation Vehicle Status Pre-arrangement for obtaining primary and alternate use vehicles Pre-arrangement for obtaining primary and alternate use vehicles Incomplete transportation arrangements None  
Didactic Training Basic (Core) and Advanced Training Modules 90% completion of NDMS basic core training plus 50% of advanced training modules (By 08/05) 80% completion of NDMS basic core training plus 25% of advanced training modules (By 08/05) 50% completion of NDMS basic core training plus 25% of advanced training modules (By 08/05) Less than
Type III
 
Training Experience Field Exercises (FEXs) Participate in at least 2 NDMS approved FEXs, one observed Participate in at least 2 NDMS approved FEXs, one observed Participate in at least 1 NDMS approved FEX N/A  

Comment:

Definition: A DMAT is a volunteer group of medical and nonmedical individuals, usually from the same State or region of a State, who have formed a response team under the guidance of the National Disaster Medical System, or under similar State or local auspices.

NOTE 1: TYPE I = fully operational; Type II = operational; Type III = augmentation/local team; Type IV = developmental.

NOTE 2: Personnel include a mix of physicians, nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), physicians' assistants (PA), pharmacists (RPh), emergency medical technicians (EMT), other allied health professionals, and support staff.

 


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