IMS POSITIONS AND MAJOR DUTIES

IMS-Manager (IMSM)

IMS-Assistant (IMSA)

IMS-Technician (IMST)

Main duty

In charge of medical care and administers medical unit for entire incident (All are MEDL)

Assists IMSM. Can be in charge of medical care at spike camp, etc

Provides medical care. Takes direction from IMSM/IMSA. Roving medical provider.

Medivacs

Coordinates medivac from ICP

May respond to medical emergency (often in charge)

May respond to medical emergency

EMT Status

Current EMT

Current EMT

Current EMT

Red Card

Red carded

Red carded

Red carded

Min. # Assignments

4

2

Entry level

Continuing Ed.

IMS Course yearly

> 36 hrs EMT yearly

IMS Course yearly

> 36 hrs EMT yearly

IMS Course yearly

> 36 hrs EMT yearly

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MEDICAL UNIT STAFF SIZE

# Incident Personnel

MEDL

IMSM (all MEDL's)

IMSA

IMST

<200

Unnecessary (See IMSM)

1 (or IMSA)

1 (or IMSM)

1

200 - 400

Unnecessary (See IMSM)

1

1

1

300 - 500

(1)

1

1

1 - 3+

500+

1

1

1+

3+

· Very large or complex incidents may have a Medical Unit Leader (MEDL) who will be responsible for the administrative functions of the Medical Unit and an IMS Manager who will manage the medical care. On smaller incidents one IMSM/MEDL can provide both functions.

· Elements which may affect medical unit staff size:

1. Potential for traumatic injury

2. Proximity/distance from other health care resources

3. Access

4. Spike Camps

5. Roving IMS or EMT's (on the line)

6. Duration of incident

· EMT's:

1. sometimes ordered initially to provide emergency medical support

2. sometimes ordered later to supplement IMS personnel (especially for providing roving medical support on the line)

3. EMT'S that are assigned to the line or may respond to the line must be red-carded

4. EMT's do not have training to provide non-emergency support (should not be handing out over-the-counter medications, etc).