The National Medical Response Team (NMRT) Central is one of many federal assets that are located in the State of Colorado. The NMRT is part of the National Disaster Medical Systems (NDMS) under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Team members are considered intermittent emergency government employees and are paid for training and deployment time. Worker’s compensation and medical liability insurance are also covered during training and deployment.
The NMRT is a mass decontamination and medical care task force that is rapidly deployable anywhere in the United States or it’s territories. The NMRT-Central is one of two mass decontamination teams within HHS and the only response team in the system that has the ability to be “wheels up” on commercial aircraft in four hours. Only a handful of military assets are faster than the NMRT. The NMRT-Central uses SATCO Air Containers to store its equipment (over 25 tons) which allows the entire cache to be loaded onto any type of airframe with cargo capabilities, this includes FedEx, UPS, and commercial carriers like United or Frontier. The NMRT-Central is now the only “all hazard” team within NDMS and deploys with 50 medical and non-medical specialists capable of decontaminating up to 1000 patients an hour or treating up to 200 patients a day in a medical setting.