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.
The National Disaster Medical System will advertise and accept applications for available team positions on USAJobs.gov. Persons interested in an NDMS team position are encouraged to visit USAJobs.gov and search keyword "NDMS". You can also set up an account on USAJobs.com and save your search which will then automatically email you periodically (daily, weekly, etc) of the results. You are also encouraged to build your online USAJobs.com resume in advance.