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   Norfolk, VA  23502
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Team Information and Application

The City of Norfolk Fire - Rescue along with York County Fire and Life Safety and the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services formed VA-1 DMAT in 2005. Applications for voluntary participation on VA-1 DMAT are being accepted for open team positions.

A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) comprises 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, their 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. DMATs are part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), which is located within the federal Department of Health and Human Services.  DMATs are typically 35 person mobile medical units deployed to augment local health care personnel and facilities in times of disaster. DMATs are capable of standing up self-supporting temporary emergency medical care centers, providing supplemental medical staff for denuded hospitals following disasters and providing airhead support for the movement of casualties from a disaster area to available health care resources in unaffected areas of the nation.  More about the federal DMAT program.

Recruiting for open team positions continues in an area within a 200 mile radius of Richmond, VA (includes all of Virginia, except extreme southwest, and portions of Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia).  The submitted application package should include the completed VA-1 (not federal) application form signed by the employer supervisor, a cover letter detailing your reason and interest in applying and a current resume or CV which addresses the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position you are applying for.  Sorry, we are unable to accept team applications from individuals who are already federal employees.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a team position. Members will be selected on criteria including but not limited to seniority and rank, work experience, skill level, other team experience, commitment and availability for two-week deployment during several months per year, ability to work in a team setting, etc. Final appointments will be made by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, National Disaster Medical System after a formal federal employment  process and screening. Requirements for continued team participation will include a commitment to complete core training requirements and attend team meetings (scheduled on the afternoon of the third Tuesday of each month) and drills, some of which may involve a portion of your own time.

VA-1 Recruitment Information and Application Form These files are in Adobe Acrobat format. Download the free reader program if needed.
VA - 1 Brief Position Descriptions
VA - 1 DMAT FAQs  
Visit the federal NDMS DMAT website  


Deployment of team members is the sole authority of the Team Commander. Deployments will require a commitment to serve on a temporary federal duty assignment for as much as two weeks anywhere within the United States and its holdings. Supervisor and employer sponsorship is mandatory. VA-1 DMAT and Federal NDMS Policies and Procedures will govern individual DMAT activities, job performance and discipline.


If you are unfamiliar with the National Disaster Medical System and DMAT Teams and would like to learn more about them, I encourage you to research the subject at: http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/responders/ndms/Pages/default.aspx.  Other questions can be directed to me at 757-890-3627 or via my email or to other VA-1 DMAT leaders.  I look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will consider lending your talents to the team to help protect our community and nation.


Michael B. Player, Team Commander

Frequently Asked Questions about team membership

See pictures of the team's first full deployment. These give examples of a typical DMAT setup:  Langley Air Force Base Air Show May 12-15, 2005 Photo gallery.

Some news articles about VA-1 deployment to the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes:

Chesapeake Clipper story about VA-1 DMAT nurses from Chesapeake General Hospital

WVEC TV story about VA-1 DMAT Return from the Gulf Coast

Virginian Pilot story on VA-1 DMAT team deployment to Gulf Coast

A poem dedicated to VA-1 DMAT by a healthcare family member in the Gulf

Verizon Connected Solutions article about a VA-1 DMAT Team member's Gulf deployment

Sampling of other DMAT news articles from around the country:

North Carolina DMAT Deployed to Gulf States for Hurricane Dennis (from Relief Web)

Article on DMAT Response to Hurricane Ivan (from USA Today)

Team contacts for more information