Disaster Medical Solutions is Excited to announce that the National Urban Search & Rescue Medical Team Specialist course has been revised.  After a long and thorough process the National Urban Search & Rescue Response System has analyzed and made necessary updates to this course.

On behalf of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System, the newly developed Medical Team Specialist (MTS) Course has been finalized and is being offered by Disaster Medical Solutions (DMS) at the Broward Fire Academy (BFA). FEMA has recognized and granted DMS Equivalency #EQ2016-003 for this course. Please feel free to contact us to find out what these changes will mean for you and your organization. 

The purpose of the Medical Team Specialist course is to provide Emergency Responders with the same training received by Medical Specialists and Medical Team Managers (Physicians) within the FEMA National US&R Response System. The cadre includes credentialed Federal instructors (medics, physician medical director, and veterinarian) DMS provides a 4:1 student to instructor ratio.  Disaster Medical Solutions and its partners will continue to ensure that all standards are met or exceeded.

This course while not presented by the FEMA Office has been granted equivalency status and is structured under FEMA standards and curriculum, designed to fulfill the initial training requirements for Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Medical Specialist and Medical Team Managers. The course meets all of the requirements for US&R Medical Team Training. Team deployments, medical operations, health/safety, confined space medical and rescue techniques are addressed. 

BFA, DMS, and SARTACeq will work closely with you to ensure your training experience and stay in Florida and the U.S. is a positive one.


Course Topics:

*A heavy focus is placed on providing medical care in a confined space collapsed austere environment.

  • Public Health and Environmental Issues
  • Injuries Specific to Entrapments and Structural Collapse Environments
  • Crush Syndrome, Confined Space Medicine, Field Amputations & Modern Interventions
  • Confined Space Maneuvers, Immobilization, and Extrication Techniques
  • Patient Triage, Evaluation, and Treatment of Partially Accessible Patient
  • Patient Care, Monitoring, and Packaging Applications
  • Improvised Explosive Device and Blast Injuries
  • Practical Field Exercise in a Live Rubble and Collapse Environment
  • Search Canine Veterinary Care with hands-on skills stations

Course Facilities:

Located in South Florida;

The Broward Fire Academy is a comprehensive State of Florida Fire and FEMA certified advanced training and testing facility. BFA’s advanced US&R training center with realistic, scalable, and integrated capabilities helps to ensure success.
The 19 acre purpose-built facility includes:
2 separate FEMA certified training rubble pile areas, a 6-story tower with multiple-interior configuration confined space rescue props, (CS) maze, plus a main building with 
“SMART” integrated classrooms. BFA has been home to USAR training and standards since early 90’s.

Safety is Paramount with DMS and SARTAC

While the scenarios and consequences are realistic, the operating environment offers “controlled peril”.

FEMA/US&R Program Office most recent Medical Team Specialist (MTS) Training Curriculum.
Penn State College of Medicine, designate
s this course for 37.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits; 3.7 CEU’s. All participants who complete the US&R Medical Team Specialist Course will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine for the above referenced credits. Certificates of Completion will be issued by DMS. FEMA does not issue certificate to non-federal US&R Task Force members. Certificates will only be issued upon payment completion.

Course Length: The US&R Medical Team Specialist (MTS) program is a blended learning course of 59 hours in length;

13.0 hours of Computer-Based Training (CBT) completed on-line at the TEEX/NERRTC LMS (must present certificate of completion on first day of class). Must first register with DMS to access. 46.0 hours (4 days) of Instructor Led Training (ILT) delivered at BFA on May 16-19, 2016.
ILT is 
10hours of instruction daily, including one late night exercise on the last day.

Deadline to register is May 1, 2016. Enrollment Fee: $2,000

Travel & Lodging:

Agencies and/or individuals are responsible for daily per diem.

Limited Seats are available. Please register early to secure spot in the class.*

Agencies and/or individuals are responsible for all travel, lodging, and associated cost.

The closest Airport is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL International Airport (FLL).
Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport West,
2540 Davie Road Davie, Florida 33317, 954-585-7071 (located 4 miles from airport).
“Broward College” for lodging discounts, availability is limited. Hotel offers free Breakfast and round trip transportation from the Airport. Call hotel for times & availability.

*Registration payment or signed PO is required for securing a seat in the class.

Students are asked to travel on Sunday, May 15th in order to arrive to class on time Monday morning. Class ends on Thursday at 2200 hours. It is highly recommended to not attempt on-duty status while attending the course. You may plan for departure on Friday at any time.
There is NO make-up time availablity. Attendance is manditory for course completion.

Participants need to make their own travel, lodging, and dinner accomodations.
All participants must comply with the Broward County School and BFA rules and policies, or they may be discharged from the facility and forfeit their registration! 


  • Travel dates for this training should be May 15th and 20th 2016.

    Training will begin promptly at 8:00am each day from May 16-19th concluding after 6:00pm. A night drill is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th concluding at approximately 10:00pm. Participants should plan travel to arrive the night before classes begin.
    Do not plan to leave the training facility before 11:00pm on Thursday night.

    Expect to travel home on Friday.

  • You are responsible for arranging and the cost of your own air transportation. If driving, the

    Broward Fire Academy located at 2600 SW 71 Terrace Davie, FL 33314 / phone: (754) 321-1300

  • All Classroom, Skill, Scenario, and Full-Field Exercise sessions will be conducted at BFA.

    The course contains multiple exercises applying all the knowledge, skills, abilities, and confidence gained during the week’s instruction.

    DMS incorporates the use of High Fidelity Manikin Simulation during these skills and exercise.

    The course requires that participants arrive with specific equipment on hand: (There will be no time to acquire these items once class begins)

    • Hydration System, Sun Screen, and Bug Repellent
    • Helmet (must be ANSI rated Z89.1-type 1) US&R type
    • Safety Toe Boots (must be ANSI rated)
    • Eye Protection (must be ANSI rated) and Ear Plugs
    • Work Gloves and Exam Gloves (10 sets)
    • Knee Pads (Elbow Pads are optional)
    • N-95 Dust Mask (6)
    • Standard Work Duty Clothing (including long sleeve shirts and BDU top or similar)
    • *Level “C” PPE (1) (Tyvek or similar coveralls and full face respirator with cartridges,

      please ensure you have properly tested to wear this respiratory protection)
      *Coveralls should be the same as those worn during on-duty training/response in contaminated environments when protection is required. In addition to bringing (1) suite, please bring your personal respirator mask (full face).

      It will be a good time to check out the PPE provided by your agency.

    • Rain Gear suitable for US&R operations is optional (class is conducted rain or shine)
May 8, 2016

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