A SMAT III Team is an EMS or fire based team that is designed to be the first line of response in support of local agencies in the event of a decontamination event or mass medical care event. There are currently twenty-nine SMAT III teams across the State. Catawba County EMS is proud to operate one of those 29 teams. Many CCEMS employees volunteer their time to train regularly for possible deployment.
- Provide a first line of defense locally, assist at hospitals, or respond regionally or statewide at the request of the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management.
- Provide local decontamination/medical treatment teams that can rapidly assist/start decontamination operations on victims of chemical exposures or other incidents that would require decontamination.
- Each team should consist of at least seven members during a deployment. At a minimum there must be at least one paramedic and six EMT’s or higher on each deployment. Each team should be trained three deep for each position, to provide for three complete shifts.
- Other medical professionals and support staff may be added to the minimum for support of the team’s operation.
- SMAT III teams can be activated to provide rapid victim decontamination and mass casualty medical care on a local, regional, or statewide level.
- Teams should be able to deploy locally within a one hour and be ready to deploy statewide within two hours.
- Teams can be activated by the local host agency, or regionally or statewide by the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management through the Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement.