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Hospital Evacuation Strike Team

Experience: All levels of training and experience

Individuals will work in hospitals helping track and expedite patient evacuations. Staff will coordinate medical transport staff and assets with hospital evacuation staff. Additional responsibilities may include acting as a liaison between hospital administration and RSI staff in the Emergency Operations Center(s) (EOC) of the Hospital Evacuation Mission. Ability to deploy quickly is required for this position. Typically, work span is no more than two days on the ground.

Q. Will I be administering medical treatments, i.e. giving patient care?
A. No, you will be managing the patient movement. You will be working with the hospital staff to identify patients and any special considerations needed for transporting the patients and moving that information to the RSI Command Center.

Q. What about housing/billeting?
A. You will either have a hotel room or be at the hospital. All hospitals are prepared to make accommodations for our staff. They will be treating you as one of their own employees.

Q. How will I know what information the EOC needs?
A. You will be given forms that have specific questions to identify the needs of the patients being transported.

Q. Do I need to be medically certified to be a hospital liaison?
A. No certifications or licenses are needed, just good communication and documentations skills. This position's responsibility is to move information and be on site to represent Response Systems.

Statewide EMS Coordination and Management

Experience: EMS Professionals, Emergency Management Experience, Nurses

RSI manages a minimum of four (4) missions with venues in 4-14 locations. Tactical Operations Center (TOC) personnel will be charged with coordinating EMS assets and documenting the process including all communications. Ambulance Processing workers will inspect out of state ambulances and verify credentials of ambulance staff. Bus Triage personnel will work in teams to screen evacuees in route to shelters. RSI also provides assistance and support to Designated Regional Coordinators (DRCs) for EMS. These individuals will work individually or in small teams to mirror the DRC in their function with an emphasis on use of forms for strict data collection of all EMS transports and data pertinent to evacuation status. The workplace can be highly mobile managing large areas or regions that may include multiple jurisdictions. Staff will be slotted to many different positions according to their credentials and experience.

Q. What is the EMS Management Mission?
A. RSI has been contracted to help coordinate EMS activities for a pre-event mass evacuation such as a hurricane. RSI staff will support and help coordinate activities in 4 major areas of EMS. RSI DOES NOT provide medical care for this mission.

  1. Tactical Operations Center (TOC) – The TOC acts as the coordination center for all State allocated EMS resources such as FEMA ambulances, EMAC ambulances, and other contracted EMS units.
  2. Ambulance Processing Site – RSI staff will assist with coordination of a State check-in, inspection, and processing site for all non-local EMS assets. This site is expected to process as many as 400 ambulances.
  3. Designated Regional Coordinator (DRC) Support – RSI staff will deploy to state regions with staff assigned to assist the DRC with coordination and documentation regarding state EMS assets and resources.
  4. Bus Forward Triage – RSI staff will supply teams of Paramedics and EMTs to help screen evacuation buses for medically unstable patients that need to be removed and further evaluated.

Q. What would I be doing?
A. RSI is responsible for supplying strike team workers at 3 venues as well as supporting 9 State Designated Regional EMS Coordinators as they manage their evacuation missions. We align Strike Team members with best suited roles. Based upon your skill set, you may be authorized to work in more than one position. You may also start work in one position and be moved to another if there is a need for your experience and expertise. The environment is fluid and team members should be prepared to remain flexible and move if necessary. Once your application has been evaluated, specific information will be provided regarding the position we feel you may be best suited for.

Medical Support Shelter Staffing

Experience: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, EMS Professionals, Respiratory Therapists, Licensed Social Workers, Nursing Assistants, Admin/Clerical support

Individuals will be placed in established medical support shelters to provide medical care and support functions. Deployment of 5-7 days, upon 48 hour notice, is required. Team members may be deployed longer if available and qualify for bonus pay. RSI shelter team staff will care for individuals placed in state supported medical support shelters. Patients are typically stable with an assortment of chronic disease conditions. Specific orientation and training will be provided to qualified applicants. Qualified candidates must have current unencumbered licenses and/or certifications.

Q. Who carries insurance for this mission?
A. RSI will carry both Work Comp and Professional Liability Insurance on all medical personnel. A copy of the policy can be provided upon request.

Q. Who will assure we have the supplies we need?
A. The client has a logistics plan in place and will manage all needed supplies.

Q. Are we being deployed before or after the storm?
A. RSI is generally deployed before the storm, but not until we are activated by the client. We will not know for sure. The contract is for any time and any disaster but the general assumptions are for hurricanes and deployment pre-storm.

Q. How large of a team is being deployed?
A. A full team is comprised of 66 people ranging from physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, and administrative/clerical support. Multiple teams may be in operation at several locations.

Q. Can I stay longer than seven days?
A. Yes if needed. A bonus can be paid for those that are deployed for 14 days or the duration of the mission if it extends over 7 days. We are planning for an average 7 day deployment, but the shelter may need to remain opened and staffed longer depending upon the impact of the incident.

Q. What types of patients will be in the shelters?
A. The population of patients will generally be a low to mid level of acuity. Most of the patients are individuals with chronic illnesses that need medical support because they have been displaced from their home.