Dennis Atwood, National Program Manager, MMRS

DomPrep’s John Morton met with Dennis Atwood, National Program Manager, Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS). The MMRS national program manager discusses the program and comments on how local MMRS managers are planning to use community resources to respond to mass-casualty events until external assistance arrives and is operational.

DomPrep has divided the 44 minute interview into seven segments.

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Listen to Audio Segment One The MMRS 101

How Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-80) and its target capabilities are driving current MMRS planning.

Duration: 6 Minutes

Listen to Audio Segment Two MMRS Grants

HSPD-8 capability drives priorities for grants; the requirements for continuity of operations planning; the deliverables – i.e., the statement of operational capability, particularly with respect to CBRNE response plans; and the quality assurance review.

Duration: 9 Minutes 07 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Three Local MMRS Systems

The key role played by an active and engaged steering committee; the importance of the MMRS pharmaceutical cache and ChemPac.

Duration: 12 Minutes 03 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Four MMRS Equipment

Alignment of the MMRS-authorized equipment list with CDC and HRSA.

Duration: 2 Minutes 28 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Five MMRS Special Projects

Mr. Atwood lists several special projects from FY04 notably Anaheim’s CBRN-E-Link, an interoperable CBRNE communications network system and GIS.

Duration: 4 Minutes 40 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Six MMRS Training and Exercising

George Washington University’s MaHIM (Medical and Health Incident Management) System model of a multi-jurisdictional, mutual aid-supported mass-casualty response. Atwood’s concept for MMRS automated simulation and gaming.

Duration: 4 Minutes 23 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Seven MMRS Sustainability and NIMS Compliance

“Tiering” capabilities at the local, state, regional, and federal levels according to the target capabilities of HSPD-8. Atwood’s view that states are undertaking a more operational role in medical response. Using NIMCAST for on-line verification of NIMS compliance.

Duration: 5 Minutes 42 Seconds

Dennis Atwood, National Program Manager, Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), U.S. Deptarment of Homeland Security Preparedness Directorate Office of Grants and Training. Mr. Atwood currently is the Program Manager, MMRS where he manages funding and provides program guidance supporting 124 MMRS jurisdictions in achieving and maintaining regional, integrated all-hazards mass casualty preparedness to be able to respond during the early hours of an incident critical to life-saving and population protection, until external resources arrive and are operational. He also is a member of the Catastrophic Incident Planning Working Group (CIPWG), co-chair/leader of the Decontamination Strategy Project Team. The CIPWG lead the Federal interagency activities to produce and revise the Catastrophic Incident Supplement to the National Response Plan.

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