Virginia-1 DMAT Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Saying it is a “go to” team, the director of the National Disaster Medical System congratulated the Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (VA-1 DMAT) during its 10th anniversary dinner and awards program on February 8, 2014.
Andrew L. Garrett, MD, MPH provided the keynote address during the event held in Williamsburg. Garrett has been director of the National Disaster Medical System, part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, since 2012.
The 10th anniversary event recognized current and past team personnel. Ten year “charter” members received a laser etched glass trophy.
State Delegate Chris Stole introduces resolution in Virginia General Assembly to recognize VA-1: HR 161
Team Training Provides Hands-On Opportunities
Thanks to our training officers, other instructors and those who attended, our April 16, 2013 team training was a success. Under sunny skies at the Chesapeake Fire Department warehouse, about 35 team members practiced tent set up and take down, radio communications and safe patient movement. Click "Read More" for some photos.
What is a DMAT?
A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is a group of professional medical personnel supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff designed to provide emergency medical care during a disaster or other event. In mass casualty incidents, responsibilities include triaging patients, providing austere medical care, and preparing patients for evacuation. In other situations, DMATs may provide primary health care or augment overloaded health care staffs.
VA-1 seeks applications from those interested and qualified for open team positions within a maximum 200 mile range of Richmond, VA. The National Disaster Medical System initiated a new application process effective November 1, 2011. NDMS will advertise open team positions on their website and will accept initial applications. Once an application for an open position is received and initially screened by NDMS, NDMS will forward the application to the team for further review and an interview, and hiring recommendation back to NDMS.