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Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) — Information

What DMATs are:

Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) are a national network of response teams composed of approximately 35 - 100 civilian volunteers from the medical, health and mental health care professions.

DMATs are a component of the National Disaster Medical System, a cooperative asset-sharing program among federal government agencies. DMATs can be federalized and activated to provide supplemental or replacement medical care and other services to communities impacted by a disaster.

DMATs provide austere medical care in a disaster area or medical services at transfer points and reception sites associated with patient evacuation.

Current status of DMATs:

The State of California currently has 5 level 1 teams, a level III development team in Sacramento, and a Mental Health Specialty team in Southern California.

Nationally, there are more than 20 level 1 teams.

DMATs receive initial equipment and supplies from the Federal government. The California teams are partially funded by the EMS Authority, which also finances the annual statewide training exercise. Additional funds are raised through membership/training fees and the provision of first aid services at local mass gathering events.

Why DMATs are important:

In addition to their federal role, DMATs can be mobilized and deployed by the EMS Authority as a medical mutual aid resource for local mass casualty incidents within the State.

DMATs are a valuable resource in a State where both natural and technological disasters abound.

DMAT recruitment fliers
  • DMAT General Recruiting Flyer [DOC]
  • Pharmacist Assistant Recruiting Flyer [DOC]
  • Pharmacist Recruiting Flyer [DOC]
  • Physician Recruiting Flyer [DOC]
  • Respiratory Therapist Recruiting Flyer [DOC]
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