The Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System has provided eight fully equipped mass casualty units to localities throughout the Tidewater and Peninsulas EMS regions.
The disaster medical support units, or DMSU, are located in Chesapeake, Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and York County. The fire and EMS agencies accepting the units have agreed to use them to enhance local response and to make them available to support regional mutual aid as needed.
Seven of the DMSU are trailers. In Virginia Beach, an identical cache of eqiuipment and supplies was purchased for a dedicated MCI truck.
Each DMSU can help support various functions associated with incident command, rehabilitation, mass fatality management, mass patient care and hazmat decontamination. The mass care capability varies depending on severity of injuries. For planning purposes, each DMSU is equipped to treat 30 red patients, 30 yellow patients and 40 green patients. Mass care equipment and supplies are packaged according to color coded patient severity plus extra bulk supplies.
The Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) funded these DMSUs with a federal MMRS grant. The Hampton Roads MMRS program is managed by the Tidewater EMS Council with close cooperation of the Peninsulas EMS Council under contract with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Visit www.hrmmrs.org for more information on the regional MMRS program. The sixteen jurisdictions within the planning district make up the Hampton Roads MMRS.