Welcome to the Maryland-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a group of dedicated medical and disaster response professionals from within the National Capitol Region.

MD-1 DMAT is a member of the National Disaster Medical System within the US Department of Health and Human Services, and on-call to respond to Federally-supported incidents across the country and overseas.

MD-1 DMAT exists to provide medical care during a disaster or any event that overwhelms healthcare infrastructure.

Our mission is to safely and professionally provide outstanding medical care to the people of Maryland, the National Capitol Region, and the United States of America.

Our vision is to be a nationally recognized disaster response resource that delivers qualty medical care in austere environments.

Our core values:

  • Treat everyone with respect, dignity and compassion.
  • Provide professional and quality medical care in any environment.
  • Promote disaster medical education and research.
  • Maintain a constant state of personal and professional readiness.

Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other resources can be mobilized, or the situation is resolved. We deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain ourselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site.

Our team members are employed through the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). The 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 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

All team personnel are required to maintain appropriate certifications and licensure within their discipline. When personnel are activated as Federal employees, licensure and certification is recognized by all States. Additionally, DMAT personnel are paid while serving as part-time federal employees and have malpractice protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Video: The National Disaster Medical System

We are a multidisciplinary disaster response team, and employ a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical professionals to meet our mission objectives.

Applicants must be eligible for employment with the United States Federal Government. MD-1 DMAT has no volunteer opportunities.

Applicants cannot be current employees of the Federal Government (except contractors) including the VA, the Military Reserves or the National Guard.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Clinical positions are subject to verification of medical credentials.

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