New Hanover Regional EMS provides paramedic level
coverage for the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.). In 1998 a
single paramedic was added to the team. Since then, the team has
grown to five paramedics who work around their normal work schedules and
are on-call at all times. The Emergency Response Team is trained and
responsible for all high-risk warrants, barricaded subjects, hostage incidents,
dignitary protection, etc. Tactical Medics are highly trained to perform
advanced level care in adverse environments.
Tactical Medics must complete a physical and mental test. The
team then votes on whether they can become a member. Once on the team,
medics train side-by-side with the officers. They are sent to CONTOMS
(Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support Program) to earn
the national standard for EMT-Tactical, and complete the Basic and Advanced
Special Weapons and Tactics courses.
Training for the medics never stops, with mandatory training every other
week. Training consists of everything from staging and movement, to
ballistics and chemical munitions. Commitment and morale are always high,
making the team the best it can be for the citizens under our care.
Medicina Bona Locis Malis