Disaster Medical Services Division — Ambulance Strike Team

Ambulance Strike Teams/ Medical Task Forces (AST/MTF) Program is an essential component of the larger disaster medical response program in California which includes the California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MAT), Mobile Field Hospitals, Disaster Healthcare Volunteers and the Mission Support Team Program.

An Ambulance Strike Team consists of 5 ALS Ambulances (2 personnel each) and 1 Leader in a separate vehicle. They are able to deploy in the state within a few hours and are self-sufficient in a disaster area for up to 72 hours. They provide an immediate EMS operational response to disaster situations, with a focus upon transportation but may also work in concert with the CAL-MATs and other state disaster personnel. They may also be used for medical and health support in various settings including first aid sites, shelters, command posts, and Mobile Field Hospitals. AST/MTFs are an established, formal component of the medical response resources pool in California.

For information regarding the schedule of upcoming AST/MTF Leader training courses, please contact Emergency Medical Services Authority at ASTTraining@EMSA.CA.GOV.

For information regarding the State AST/MTF Program, contact ASTTraining@EMSA.CA.GOV.

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Updated: 06/03/2024