Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System (HRMMRS)
The Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) was created as a federal program that provided funding to the 124 largest jurisdictions to assist in maintaining plans, purchasing equipment and pharmaceuticals, and conducting exercises and training to develop and sustain the capabilities to respond to a mass casualty event, whether caused by a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist act, epidemic disease outbreak, natural disaster, or HAZMAT accident, during the early hours critical to life-saving and population protection. Today, the direct federal funding for MMRS has ended but jurisdictions in Eastern Virginia continue to fund and sustain this regional program and resources developed under the federal MMRS vision.
The Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System (HRMMRS), begun in 1999, is under the direction of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). It includes the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News,Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, JamesCity, Southampton, Surry and York.
The HRPDC contracts with the Tidewater EMS Council to manage the activities of the HRMMRS.
HRMMRS supports and enhances Hampton Roads public safety, hospital, public health, and emergency management response capabilities to manage mass casualty incidents during the first 48 hours, prior to the arrival of federal assets.
Today the HRMMRS program is designed to support four essential priorities:
The HRMMRS supports, equips and trains a 47-member (250 member call group) Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Strike Team (HRMMST) that provides on-scene expertise and resources to the Incident Commander during a disaster.
The HRMMST is a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) trained medical emergency response team that maintains a redundant response capability of personnel, equipment and communications on the Peninsula and Southside. The HRMMRS maintains a pharmaceutical cache of nerve antidotes, antibiotics, antivirals and other medications that are immediately available in all EMS agencies, hospitals and public health departments in the Hampton Roads area.
The HRMMRS has purchased or organized the purchase of personnel protective equipment for public safety agency, hospital, public health and medical examiner personnel; decontamination systems for all area hospitals; radiation detectors for fire/EMS and law enforcement vehicles; CBRNE identification equipment for public health and HAZMAT teams; communication equipment for hospitals and public health; medication temperature control equipment for responder vehicles; supplies/equipment for mass prophylaxis dispensing centers; extensive mass casualty equipment and supplies; shelter support systems; and mass evacuation transport units. The program also supports ongoing mass casualty training and exercises.
Contact Information . . .
Telephone: 757 963-0632 Fax 757 963-2325
Office hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm except holidays
The Hampton Roads MMRS is managed by the Tidewater EMS Council through an agreement with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.