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Recruitment Information: National Disaster Medical System


The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) uses individuals with specific expertise and experience within a wide range of professions. Individuals with a background in the medical and public health services, emergency management, or forensic sciences, etc. could fill vacant positions on the various response teams within NDMS. Each team also has support personnel, such as: administrative officers, and logistics personnel.

Each NDMS response team has a set number of authorized positions within their team. Also, each team has required types of specialist needed to fill these vacant positions for their team. Additionally, each response team position has pre-requisite training requirements that must be met before individuals can apply. If accepted, individuals become intermittent Federal employees upon deployment on a mission.

Interested individuals must contact a team within their geographical area to ascertain if a position is available and if they have the education, training and experience needed for that particular position.

If you are interested in finding out more about NDMS or if you want to contact your local team, please provide your contact information.

How are NDMS personnel compensated?

NDMS personnel are paid while serving as intermittent federal employees and have the protection of the Federal Tort Claims Act in which the Federal Government becomes the defendant to provide interstate aid in the event of a malpractice claim.

How is my permanent employment protected, if I become an NDMS employee?

Your non-NDMS employment is protected for approved trainings and deployments under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

Hospitals - Federal Coordinating Centers (FCCs)

What are Federal Coordinating Centers (FCCs)?

Federal Coordinating Centers (FCCs) recruit hospitals and maintain local non-Federal hospital participation in the NDMS; coordinate exercise development and emergency plans with participating hospitals and other local authorities in order to develop patient reception, transportation, and communication plans; and during system activation, coordinate the reception and distribution of patients being evacuated to the area. If you are interested in having your facility participate in the NDMS, please contact us with your facility information .

What is the hospital's role in NDMS?

Accredited hospitals, usually over 100 beds in size and located in large U.S. metropolitan areas, are encouraged to enter into a voluntary agreement with NDMS.  Hospitals agree to commit a number of their acute care beds, subject to availability, for NDMS patients.  Because this is a completely voluntary program, hospitals may, upon activation of the system, provide more or fewer beds than the number committed in the agreement.  Hospitals that admit NDMS patients are guaranteed reimbursement at 110% of Medicare rates by the Federal government.

How will patients be evacuated, received, and transported to participating hospitals?

At the disaster site, patients will be stabilized for transport.  In most cases, patients will be evacuated by the Department of Defense (DoD) aeromedical evacuation system.  Patients will be regulated to FCC areas.  At the airport of the NDMS reception area, patients will be met by a local medical team that will sort, assess, and match those patients to participating hospitals, according to procedures developed by local authorities and the local area's NDMS Federal Coordinating Center.  Patients will be transported to participating hospitals using locally available ground and air transport.

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  • This page last reviewed: September 09, 2011