Disaster drill

The National Medical Response Team will be holding a mass casualty drill on Saturday, April 10th2010 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.  With your assistance, the capability to respond to a mass casualty event within the DC region will be tested and the information obtained will produce a study in order to share the outcomes with other local and national teams.

The National Medical Response Team-National Capital Region (NMRT-NCR) (formally Metropolitan Medical Strike Team) was the first weapons of mass destruction response team developed in the United States. The primary mission of the NMRT-NCR is to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction within the National Capital Region. Additionally, the team can quickly move into an area and provide immediate mass casualty care, triage services, responder medical support, strike team capabilities and other operations similar to a standard Disaster Medical Assistance Team. It is comprised of over 150 firefighters, paramedics, hazardous materials technicians and specialists, law enforcement officers, doctors, physician assistants and nurses. Fifteen local and federal agencies are represented on the team. NMRT-NCR has many capabilities to supplement a catastrophic emergency, which includes mass decontamination, mass treatment and hazardous materials detection and identification.

Students who wish to volunteer will serve as mock patients in disaster drill. The volunteers will be assigned a patient scenario, made up to represent the specific injury pattern and placed in a safe but active disaster scene. Each volunteer will be “rescued” and directed through a decontamination shower in which they will become wet. After decontamination final care will be provided according to their specific patient scenario. The volunteers will be given a tee shirt to wear over their clothing and should anticipate their clothes getting wet. The volunteers will need to arrive at FedEx Field by 10am and the mock disaster drill will conclude by 1pm. Transportation to and from the Morgan Boulevard metro station as well as lunch will be provided. Individuals may park onsite if desired.

You can sign up by emailing at volunteer@nmrt-drill.com and can receive more information on the volunteer website at www.nmrt-drill.com.

At 9:30 am, buses begin shuttling volunteers from Morgan Blvd metro. Volunteer check-in will begin at 10:00 am. The  drill will start at 11:30am and end at 12:30pm. Buses will return volunteers to the metro.