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National Medical Response Teams Answer The Call

Written by  Amir Moussavian

Now that the National Medical Response Team (NMRT) has become part of the Department of Homeland Security, maintaining communications continuity while enabling immediate response to emergency notifications has become increasingly important and even mandatory in some cases. The NMRT, comprised primarily of emergency medical personnel, is a specialized response force based regionally throughout the nation that provides medical care and decontamination in the event of nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorist incidents and attacks on U.S. soil. Working in a hazardous material environment, NMRT personnel are capable of providing mass casualty decontamination, medical triage, and primary and secondary medical care to stabilize victims at tertiary care facilities. NMRT personnel were recently called upon for the December 2003 National Orange Terror Alert, Top Off 2003 in Seattle, the 2002 Winter Olympics, Top Off 2000 in Portsmouth, and the 1999 Pope’s visit. As a new and integral element of the Homeland Security Initiative, the National