Southwest Florida Disaster Medical Team



When disaster strikes we're

"ready for the call"

What is a disaster medical team?

Since 9-11, many healthcare professionals have asked, "What can I do to help my community or other communities?" We are a Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (FL-2 DMAT), and a Florida State Medical Response Team, Region 6 (SMRT-6/MRC) operating under the Department of Health and Human Services. We provide care to the sick and injured during a disaster. A DMAT team is responsible for the triage and stabilization of patients at a disaster site, and provides basic medical services at transfer points and during transportation to definitive care sites. To learn more about DMATs, check out various areas of this website.


Who we are

Based in Southwest Florida, we are a team of volunteer medical professionals and support staff who provide medical care when activated by the federal government as FL-2 DMAT or the State of Florida as SMRT-6.

We can be deployed in an emergency or disaster to anywhere within the United States or its possessions. Conditions can be very austere at times. DMAT teams have been deployed to the nation of Haiti in 2010, so international deployments are also now a possibility. It would be helpful to have a valid passport.


This is not full-time or part-time employment; this is an intermittent position with the federal government that will be paid only if you are officially deployed. There are no benefits.

You must be an American citizen to be accepted on the team. In addition, you cannot be a present federal government employee (such as the military, military reserves, or the VA).


How we work

Team employees are prepared to live and work in austere conditions, from tents when necessary, and have learned the art of field living through their drills and exercises. Team employees bring with them a wide diversity of knowledge and abilities in the medical and logistical fields. Teamwork and following the chain of command according to the Incident Command System (ICS) are important parts of each and every deployment.




Things to know about the hiring process


Due to factors beyond our control, NDMS has suspended all hiring for all DMAT teams until further notice. When hiring resumes in the future, it will be noted here and postings will be listed monthly on the federal government's website, USAJobs, which is the only method through which someone can join the team.


All DMAT members must pass the federal government's employment application process before they can be deployed with the team. We cannot accept "last minute volunteers" who wish to be deployed with the team at the time of a disaster.


It is now mandatory to have the latest iterations of the following ICS courses completed before you seek application to join the team: ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700, ICS 800. These courses are required to be completed BEFORE you can be hired by the team. The courses are free and available from the FEMA website (see column at right).


SMRT-6/MRC is accepting applicants who are Florida licensed/certified in the following occupations: MD (prefer Emergency and Family Practice), RN, PA, EMT-P, and EMT. Support positions are also available in logistics, communications, and administration.


If interested in joining SMRT-6/MRC, please contact promos0650@aol.com


Important Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The next scheduled meeting is Monday, December 14, 2015 at Cape Coral Hospital's Aux room. Hope to see everyone there!!



Future meetings are scheduled for the following Mondays (subject to change or cancellation):



December 14




January 11

February 8

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

July 11

August 8

September 12

October 10

November 14

December 12


Any changes in time, place, or date will be communicated via email and posted here.



2015 On Call Months







Remember to inform your employer of your on-call months so they can plan accordingly.


Additional Information

*****The 2014 Distinguished FL-2 DMAT Member of the Year is Amy Hutto!!!*****


ICS Training Website


For prospective new members, the courses you will need to have completed prior to your initial application are the latest iterations of:







These courses are online, free, and located on FEMA's Emergency Management Institute website at:



Check out the new U-tube video of NDMS teams helping out on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. It's in the Links Section.



Uniform name tapes can be ordered from:


Uniform NameTape Co

5701 S Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33611





The nametapes are $2.00 each without velcro & $3.50 with velcro.


Please remember that our uniforms are khaki, and that the name must be in BLACK lettering, not brown.


Check out the equipment section to see what you might consider taking with you if we are deployed.

And be sure your employer is aware of the possibility of deployment before each of the team's on call months.