NDMS Vision and Mission

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a nation-wide partnership embracing communities with world-class medical and emotional care in the wake of a natural or manmade disaster

It is the mission of NDMS to design, develop, and maintain a national capability to deliver quality medical care to the victims of, and responders to a domestic disaster. NDMS provides state of the art medical care under any conditions at a disaster site, in transit from the impacted area, and into participating definitive care facilities.

NDMS Response Teams

  • Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT)
  • Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)
  • International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT)
  • Mental Health Response Team (MHRT)
  • National Medical Response Team (NMRT)
  • Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT)
  • National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT)

Boston NDMS Teams

MA-1 DMAT, established in 1988
PST-1, established in 1994, merged with MA-1 DMAT 2009
BST-1, established in 1998, merged with MA-1 DMAT 2009
IMSuRT- East, established in 1998

What is NDMS (National Disaster Medical System)?

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the Nation’s medical response capability. The overall purpose of the NDMS is to supplement an integrated National medical response capability for assisting State and local authorities in dealing with the medical impacts of major peacetime disasters and to provide support to the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated back to the U.S. from overseas armed conventional conflicts.
The National Response Framework utilizes the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Preparedness and Response, under Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF #8), Health and Medical Services, to support Federal agencies in the management and coordination of the Federal medical response to major emergencies and federally declared disasters including:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Major Transportation Accidents
  • Technological Disasters
  • Acts of Terrorism including Weapons of Mass Destruction Events

What is a DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team)?

A DMAT is a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel (supported by a cadre of logistical and administrative staff) designed to provide medical care during a disaster or other event.

DMAT’s are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other Federal or contract resources can be mobilized, or the situation is resolved. DMAT’s deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain themselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site.

In mass casualty incidents, their responsibilities may include triaging patients, providing high-quality medical care despite the adverse and austere environment often found at a disaster site, and preparing patients for evacuation or receiving evacuees. DMAT’s are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other Federal or contract resources can be mobilized, or the situation is resolved.

DMAT members are required to maintain appropriate certifications and licensure within their discipline. When members are activated as Federal employees, licensure and certification is recognized by all States. Additionally, DMAT members are compensated while serving as part-time Federal employees and have the protection of the USERRA, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, and Federal Tort Claims Act in which the Federal Government becomes the defendant in the event of a malpractice claim.