Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Region 6

Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Region 6 The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) is a rapid State Medical Response Team funded to assist jurisdictions in large-scale emergencies.
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Each EMTF consists of the following teams: •Ambulance Strike Teams (AST) When activated, each task force will be able to engage up to 25 ambulances for deployment either regionally or on a statewide mission. •AMBUS Recognizing the unique needs of large-scale patient movements during times of disaster, the EMTFs will have two fully staffed multi-patient vehicles, more commonly known as “AmBuses”. These specialty EMS units will not only be able to serve during State tasked missions but will fulfill vital roles in the day to day response of their home jurisdictions. •Mobile Medical Units (MMU) Perhaps the most complex component of the EMTF is the Mobile Medical Unit. Essentially a deployable Emergency Room, this component is comprised of physicians, nurses and paramedics with the appropriate tentage and life-saving equipment so they can provide emergency care and stabilization capability in austere environments. They are designed to be rapidly deployable and configurable to incident size. •Registered Nurse Strike Teams (RNST) These groups of specialized nurses may be deployed during State tasked assignments to assist an over-taxed medical facility. These nurses will be deployed into hospitals to provide care as they would if they were at their sponsoring agency.

Mission: The Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Program was developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to create a network of regionally based medical teams. The EMTF will provide a coordinated response of rapid professional medical assistance to emergency operation systems during large scale incidents. The EMTFs are multi-RAC regions, designed to leverage the capabilities of several trauma systems.

Operating as usual

We have many great partners in our region who answer the call for duty. Thank you, Atascocita Fire Department
09/04/2020

We have many great partners in our region who answer the call for duty.

Thank you, Atascocita Fire Department

AFD MPV601 (AMBUS) in coordination with SETRAC is this afternoon transporting evacuated nursing home residents back home from Houston to Beaumont. SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Over the past week as Hurricane Laura's track threatened to impact SETX, many agencies from EMTF-6, along with multiple ...
08/30/2020

Over the past week as Hurricane Laura's track threatened to impact SETX, many agencies from EMTF-6, along with multiple EMS agencies from across the State, converged on Ford Park in Beaumont to establish an ambulance staging location to provide evacuations and augment 9-1-1 needs for local jurisdictions.

When these situations occur, they usually ramp up very quickly and it requires an in-depth understanding of our process. Our region was supported by excellent leadership from Sugar Land Fire - EMS, Northwest EMS, Montgomery County Hospital District, Fort Bend County EMS and Lake Jackson EMS, along with such great talent from outside our region. Medical Jets Emergency Response Team

One of the key components in this process is ensuring all the crew members participating under the objectives, remain flexible and adaptable to the dynamics of the mission. We could not have asked for better team players.

The mission will continue as we are working diligently to repopulate the area and additional support is coming in from other regional partners at Lumberton Fire & EMS Hardin County ESD #2, Cy-Fair Fire Department, Harris County Emergency Services District 5/Crosby EMS, El Campo EMS, Atascocita Fire Department, and Alvin EMS.

We express our gratitude to the team members who give selflessly of their time to ensure these missions are successful. We thank the leadership and administration of each entity that supports the deployment under the Emergency Medical Task Force program.

SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council

A busy morning with our partners from MCHD and Lake Jackson EMS. They are preparing to deploy to San Antonio Staging, me...
08/23/2020

A busy morning with our partners from MCHD and Lake Jackson EMS. They are preparing to deploy to San Antonio Staging, meeting up with our partners from Medical Jets International. The strike team will be prepared for any impacts from our storms in the Gulf.

We are grateful for the prompt response from these agencies. We know they will work well with all the other agencies who are committed to the activation request.

Montgomery County Hospital District

As we have all been focused on our CoVID-19 responses, our partners at Acadian Texas are working hard to be prepared for...
06/04/2020

As we have all been focused on our CoVID-19 responses, our partners at Acadian Texas are working hard to be prepared for the upcoming Hurricane season.

This week they completed the final inspection of MPV 6-04 and are working diligently to ensure it's ready for response in the event our region is impacted from Cristobol.

We are proud of the partnership we have with Acadian and look forward to their continued support with MPV 6-04.

Over the past 2 days, our partners at Atascocita Fire Department hosted and presented an AMBUS deployment basics course;...
03/05/2020

Over the past 2 days, our partners at Atascocita Fire Department hosted and presented an AMBUS deployment basics course; outlining the roles/responsibilities of the crew members and the dynamics missions the AMBUS can respond to.

We are grateful for the commitment that our partners demonstrate and we were excited to see members of Cy-Fair Fire Department and Acadian Texas join in the education.

The collaboration of our partners ensures the best of preparedness for our region and State.

As most of you know, the structural dynamics of the EMTF Program depends on the commitments of our stakeholders and thei...
03/04/2020

As most of you know, the structural dynamics of the EMTF Program depends on the commitments of our stakeholders and their willingness to ensure our great State of Texas will demonstrate solid resiliency in the time of disaster.

Our partners at Montgomery County Hospital District are committed to ensuring our Wildland Fire component, most specifically the Wildland Paramedic Unit (WPU) is ready for response. This group of team members participated in the arduous physical agility test this week as part of the preparedness process.

Thank you all for putting in the extra effort to ensure our region is ready to respond.

Job Well Done!

Today was a great day of training with our partners at Acadian Texas and American Medical Response. We spent several hou...
02/18/2020

Today was a great day of training with our partners at Acadian Texas and American Medical Response. We spent several hours donning and doffing PPE to ensure their readiness for response to a high consequence infectious disease patient.

As always, our partnership includes input from UTMB Health and their Environmental Services team to ensure safe processes.

SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council

02/11/2020

EMTF Partners –

The Pediatric Committee at SETRAC has an awesome presentation scheduled for this week and have asked us to extend an invitation to you.

What: Infant Death Investigation

Presented by: Kaeleigh DeMeter, Investigator/Case Coordinator and Bethany Bless, Supervisory Forensic Investigator for the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

When/Where: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 1100 hours – SETRAC Conference Center, 1111 N. Loop West, Suite #160, Houston, 77008

Presentation Objectives:

• Examine Medical Examiner Jurisdiction
• Understanding the HCIFS reporting process
• Scene Investigation
• Use of doll re-enactments
• Review Case Examples
• Understand role of Victim Assistance Specialist

We hope to see you all there!

Thanks to Envision Physician Services, along with HCA Houston Healthcare for the opportunity to present an overview of t...
02/11/2020

Thanks to Envision Physician Services, along with HCA Houston Healthcare for the opportunity to present an overview of the EMTF program. We are certain this collaboration and coordination of Physicians and APP’s will continue to strengthen and the State of Texas will continue to be resilient in times of disasters, supported by this partnership.

02/06/2020
Texas Emergency Management

EMTF Partners -

Acadian Ambulance will be hosting an ICS-400 Course next week, February 11 and 12th, at their training center in Baytown, Texas and they have extended an invitation to you all as EMTF partners.

There are still seats available. This is a Free Course being provided through Rice University.

To register and for more Information. Please see the link below.

https://www.preparingtexas.org/DeliveryDetails.aspx?classid=8cb0f993-9b88-4fae-b5a2-fa919fc161cc

Applications will NOT be processed until all prerequisites have been UPLOADED to their www.preparingtexas.org transcript. 

Thanks to our partners Atascocita Fire Department for being part of Pasadena ISD active shooter training. Pasadena Indep...
01/23/2020

Thanks to our partners Atascocita Fire Department for being part of Pasadena ISD active shooter training. Pasadena Independent School District

EMTF-6 Partners:We are excited to share that there is an upcoming opportunity for you all to participate in an exercise ...
01/15/2020

EMTF-6 Partners:

We are excited to share that there is an upcoming opportunity for you all to participate in an exercise with our partners at Northwest Community EMS and Cypress Creek EMS. These 2 agencies partner with high schools in their response areas to provide high school students with EMT training and be prepared to test for certification upon graduation. As part of this training, there will be an extrication day on Saturday, March 21st at Cypress Creek EMS (7111 Five Forks Rd., Spring) and we will be setting up an MMU component to receive patients and accept reports from the students in training.

This provides us with 2 excellent opportunities: A) Being part of the set-up on Friday, March 20th – (exact time to be determined) obtaining basic knowledge of how the MMU is set up and 2) Looking for nurses who are response ready to staff the MMU and accept the patients from these eager high students in training.

If you are able to be part of this exciting exercise and opportunity, please e-mail me directly so that we can get a head count of who will be in attendance. Lunch will be provided on the day of the exercise.

We look forward to having a great response to supporting these students in their endeavors!

Thanks in advance.

Amazing progress was made today with preparing our Mobile Medical Unit components!! A huge thanks to all of our partners...
01/10/2020

Amazing progress was made today with preparing our Mobile Medical Unit components!! A huge thanks to all of our partners who supported this venture.
Cypress Creek EMS, Montgomery County Hospital District, Northwest EMS, Atascocita Fire Department, Acadian Texas Alvin EMS Lake Jackson EMS, The Medical Center of SETX, HCA Houston Healthcare SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, Port Arthur Fire Department, Harris County Emergency Management, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency

01/09/2020

EMTF-6 Partners,

We have received some inquiries in regards to the status of the workday tomorrow and how the weather may impact the event. After several weather conference calls today, we will STILL host the workday at the warehouse on Friday, January 10. Currently, our partners with the NWS indicate that the weather impacts to our region will be seen after 1900 hours – we feel certain we can wrap up by 1500 hours tomorrow and allow everyone safe travel time to their home base.

In the event this timeline changes tomorrow, we will find a stopping point and allow everyone time to return home safely.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

EMTF-6 Partners:We hope that each of you had a great Christmas and the new year of 2020 has started off on the right tra...
01/03/2020

EMTF-6 Partners:

We hope that each of you had a great Christmas and the new year of 2020 has started off on the right track. Next Friday, January 10th, we will be hosting a EMTF Warehouse Workday, allowing us the opportunity to go through our equipment, to ensure we are ready for a MMU deployment.

We hope that our MMU partners along with anyone else who is interested in helping will join us – this is a great opportunity for team building and getting to know each other better.

What: EMTF-6 Warehouse Workday

When: January 10, 2020 0900 hours, wrapping up by 1500 hours

Who: All EMTF-6 Partners

Where: 5115 Rosslyn, Houston, 77018

We look forward to having great participation so that we are all prepared for 2020!

Our partners General Truck Body have been busy this past quarter working hard to ready, not one but 2 additions to the A...
12/18/2019

Our partners General Truck Body have been busy this past quarter working hard to ready, not one but 2 additions to the AMBUS fleet for the State of Texas.

In just a couple of short weeks, our partners Acadian Texas will take possession of MPV 6-04, complete some final touches and training for response ready.

This is exciting times for our region and State. Congrats to our partners Corpus Christi Fire Department for their addition of MPV 11-02!

Happy Holidays!!

Our crews at the staging area got a pleasant surprise from local business partner, Tuffy’s in Mauriceville. The Tuffy’s ...
11/28/2019

Our crews at the staging area got a pleasant surprise from local business partner, Tuffy’s in Mauriceville. The Tuffy’s team put together and brought dinner for the crews away from their home/family. We understand the reviews of the meal are off the charts!!

Tuffy's Eatery Thank you for this selfless act of kindness!

As an EMTF program, we thank the responders represented here for their sacrifice on Thanksgiving to serve their communit...
11/28/2019

As an EMTF program, we thank the responders represented here for their sacrifice on Thanksgiving to serve their community. Please remember them today!

MPV 6-01 is on scene at the TPC Port Neches Plant Explosion and will remain to provide on-going support for the multiple...
11/27/2019

MPV 6-01 is on scene at the TPC Port Neches Plant Explosion and will remain to provide on-going support for the multiple FD agencies working to extinguish the fire.

We are thankful for the quick no-notice response from Atascocita Fire Department and their on-going support of the EMTF program.

Congratulations to Dr. Dickson, Medical Director for our partners Montgomery County Hospital District on being selected ...
11/26/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Dickson, Medical Director for our partners Montgomery County Hospital District on being selected as the 2019 EMS Medical Director of the Year at the Texas EMS Conference. A well deserved honor!

Congratulations to Hamshire VFD for being named Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year and La Porte EMS for being named EMS ...
11/26/2019

Congratulations to Hamshire VFD for being named Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year and La Porte EMS for being named EMS Provider of the Year at this year’s Texas EMS Conference.

As an EMTF program, we are proud to work with both of these agencies!!

Hamshire Vol. Fire Dept., Inc.

Thanks to our partners in Beaumont/Port Arthur for a great day of training for deployment basics and MMU orientation and...
11/19/2019

Thanks to our partners in Beaumont/Port Arthur for a great day of training for deployment basics and MMU orientation and set-up. A great group of nurses and paramedics willing to give of themselves in time of disaster.

A huge thanks to Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Acadian, Christus Health - St. Elizabeth, Chambers County, Galveston County ESD 2 and The Medical Center of SETX for their support.

As always the Logistics Staff from SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council was amazing to help make this set-up happen.

11/12/2019

As a reminder, we will be hosting a deployment basics course, along with setting up an MMU next Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Jefferson County. The details are listed below and we look forward to seeing any of you that are interested in participating in this event.

Who can attend: All current and interested MMU members, any EMTF-6 members

What: Deployment Basics Introduction and MMU Set-up

When: November 19, 2019, 0900 hours, MMU Set-up to follow – We should be completed around 1500 hours

Where: Jack Brooks Regional Airport, 5000 Jerry Ware Dr. (Old Airport Terminal) – Staff will direct you to the room.

RSVP: [email protected] or via text at 832-272-6091

If you have not completed an application for EMTF, please complete the attached application and return to me or bring to the training day. Also, we ask that you go to www.texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org and create an account, selecting Emergency Medical Task Force-6 as your affiliation.

We look forward to seeing you all on November 19, 0900 hours!

Today we had the opportunity for a sneak peek at the production of the newest AMBUS (MPV 6-04) and we wanted to share wi...
11/07/2019

Today we had the opportunity for a sneak peek at the production of the newest AMBUS (MPV 6-04) and we wanted to share with you all. It's getting very close to being ready for action. Our partners at General Truck Body are showing great determination to have the unit road ready soon.

We are certain our partners Acadian Companies are ready to take their new asset for a spin!

Check out this hot news, announced today!! SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council very own, Katherine Pickel-Samuel w...
10/15/2019

Check out this hot news, announced today!! SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council very own, Katherine Pickel-Samuel was named the Stop the Bleed Texas Coordinator!! Well-deserved honor.

Great teamwork today with our partners from Houston Fire Dept., Fort Bend County EMS and St. Joseph Medical Center. Prep...
08/16/2019

Great teamwork today with our partners from Houston Fire Dept., Fort Bend County EMS and St. Joseph Medical Center. Preparation is key to success in our business.

Houston Fire Department
Fort Bend County EMS
St. Joseph Medical Center

Thank you all!

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the 11th Annual SETRAC Preparedness Coalition Symposium in Galveston, O...
06/27/2019

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the 11th Annual SETRAC Preparedness Coalition Symposium in Galveston, October 9-11, 2019!!

Early registration is open and you can get more details at www.setrac.org/symposium

EMTF 4
03/07/2019

EMTF 4

The East Texas Regional Airport Exercise was a great opportunity for first responders to exercise what they have learned and put their equipment to the test. I want to thank the Airport for putting this event on. It was great to see so many agencies come together as one team to mitigate this event! Way to go!

03/06/2019
LONGVIEW, Tx. - Emergency officials around east Texas gather today for their tri-annual emergency exercise.
03/06/2019
Tri-annual emergency exercise set for today in Longview

LONGVIEW, Tx. - Emergency officials around east Texas gather today for their tri-annual emergency exercise.

LONGVIEW, Tx. - Emergency officials around east Texas gather today for their tri-annual emergency exercise.

Join your colleagues for the First Annual Medical Director Conference. The first conference focused on the unique challe...
03/05/2019
NAEMSP Texas Chapter – Annual Conference

Join your colleagues for the First Annual Medical Director Conference. The first conference focused on the unique challenges and needs of Texas EMS Medical Directors. While this conference is focused on EMS physician specific issues, non-physician Texas EMS leaders are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees of the conference will have an opportunity to earn up to 10 hours of Continuing Medical Education required by DSHS.

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Good evening everyone! As you know, we are in the middle of hurricane season and everyone is all packed and ready for deployment.... right? Well, this is also the season to be envious of everyone’s gear and preparedness, or chuckle a little at the ill-preparedness! 😉 Let’s talk gear so we can share what’s working for us, or what’s not working for us. From bags to socks... lets share what we are using. If you really like something be sure to highlight that. If you want to change someone, let us know what that might be! Bag: Osprey Porter 46 Toiletries: standard leather bag, shave supplies, deodorant, toothpaste and brush, 3-in-1 bottle of soap/shampoo. Electronics: Samsung S8, Samsung Notebook 9 Pro laptop, iPad Pro tablet Charging: Anker Powercore 20,000 mah, anker dual slot wall charger. Two sets of usb cables for charging. Non-electricity items: notepad, g2 pens x 4, sticky notes Uniforms: 2 - 3 work uniforms, 1 SETRAC uniform with 5.11 pants. ID badge for EMTF6 and work. Shoes: Thoroughgood (spelling?) standard black boots, tennis shoes for exercise, and sandals for showers. Entertainment: iPad Pro as mentioned above, 1 - 2 books for non-powered situations Food/Water : protein bars, 2 - 4 MREs, jet-boil with some heartier and more stomach friendly meals. Sawyer mini filter with a 3- liter bladder for field ops. Sleep system: 45 degree sleeping bag (8oz), bivy sac (5 oz), sea to summit camp pillow. Emergencies: USB battery pack car battery jump starter, portable air inflater, cold steel recon1 knife, small backpacker first aid kit. I love my Osprey bag, but i think I would go with the Farpoint that has a removable day pack for those sudden missions... grab and go. Plus, it integrates well into the main pack. I’d probably go for a lower rated bag for winter deployments (Western Mountaineering Highlite)
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