Emergency Medical Task Force


What is EMTF?

The Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) is a State and Federally (DSHS, ASPR) funded program with the mission of creating State-deployable medical teams, regionalized for rapid mobilization and readiness.  The goal of the EMTF program is to provide a well-coordinated response, offering rapid professional medical assistance to emergency operation systems during large scale incidents.  Immediately available resources include AMBUSes (thirteen strategically located across Texas), Mobile Medical Units, Ambulance Strike Teams (hundreds of units across Texas), Rn Strike Teams, Medical Incident Support Teams, Infectious Disease Response Units, and Ambulance Staging Managers.  The EMTFs comprise multi-RAC regions, designed to leverage the capabilities of several trauma systems.  NCTTRAC serves as the lead RAC for EMTF-2 and is partnered with Big Country RAC (Abilene) and the North Texas RAC (Wichita Falls).

EMTF Response Strategy

  • EMTF is designed to be rapidly deployable for state-wide incidents.
  • The Task Force builds upon regional capability.
  • EMTF deployments are tasked to unaffected regions for a state-wide coordinated response.
  • EMTF assets and personnel are integrated with on-scene command & control elements (NIMS- compliant).
  • Deployed assets have been built out to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.
  • EMTF is built to provide a scalable, modular series of deployment options for any type of disaster response.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services funds the EMTF program.

Emergency Medical Task Force Coordinator

Darian Shadd EMT- P

Phone: 817.607.7018 | Fax: 817.608.0399





EMTF Components:

Medical Incident Support Team (MIST)

MISTs are specialty trained individuals who have become health and medical disaster response asset subject matter experts. They deploy to plug into an Incident Command to provide health and medical expertise.

Ambulance Strike Team (AST)

ASTs consists of 5 ambulances in each Strike Team and each region recruits 5 Strike Teams (25 total Ambulances). Each AST led by an Ambulance Strike Team Leader (ASTL). There are also Ambulance Staging Mangers (ASM) in each region that have received state provided training. ASTs are required to self-sustain for 72 hours.

Ambulance Staging Management Teams (ASMT)

Manages the Staging site, Mobilization, and tracking of Activated Resources.

Mobile Medical Unit (MMU)

MMU is a deployable, temporary, non-critical emergent care field hospital asset. The strike team consists of clinical and logistics personnel along with a 36ft Command Trailer, 2, 16-bed tent sections, Quad tent for admin / logistics and an ER / ACS medical supply cache.

Nurse Strike Team (RNST)

An established team of specialized registered nurses designed to deploy and augment the staffing areas of an affected hospital(s) during an emergency. Specialties may include: ER, ICU, Med/Surge, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric, Burn, Neurology, PICU/NICU.


AMBUS or MPV is a licensed DSHS Specialty EMS Vehicle, equipped with trained/credentialed staff. Each AMBUS is staffed with: 4 paramedics 1 driver/operator 1 crew chief The AMBUS is capable of transporting up to 20 patients.

Infectious Disease Response Unit (IDRU)

IDRU provides DSHS and the State of Texas with a rapidly deployable, flexible and regionally-based solution to assist frontline and assessment with the effective management and safe patient movement of diagnosed HCID patients.

Texas Mass Fatality Operations Response Teams (TMORT)

Provides operational assistance to medicolegal authorities with site operations, morgue operations, Victim Identification Center, and Victim Information Center operations following a mass-fatality incident.

Wildland Fire Medical Support Team

Medical teams embedded within wildland firefighting units to provide immediate medical care.