Southwest Florida Disaster Medical Team
FL-2 DMAT SMRT-6
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) operating under the Department of Health and Human Services, and a Florida State Medical Response Team, Region 6 (SMRT-6). We provide care to the sick and injured during a disaster. A DMAT/SMRT 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 either 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 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 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) is an important part of each and every deployment.
Things to know
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 government's website USAJobs.
It is now mandatory to have 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).
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015 at Cape Coral Hospital. Hope to see everyone there!!!
Future meetings are scheduled for the following Mondays (subject to change or cancellation):
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.
*****The 2013 Distinguished FL-2 DMAT Member of the Year is Dr. Dean Traiger!!!*****
ICS Training Website
For prospective new members, the courses you will need to have completed prior to your initial application are:
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.