Major incidents can occur at any time and any place. A new Special Operations division has been has been created by Medic officials to help manage the Agency’s special assets which are used in the event of a major disaster or special events.
The Special Operations division has the unique capacity to deliver and sustain excellent prehospital care in a variety of non-traditional settings. This division ensures a constant state of readiness of Medic’s specialized assets, as well as customized medical responses for the community at large.
Special Operations Divisions
The following entities make up the Special Operations division. Each entity represents an advanced area(s) of speciality according to patient care needs:
Multi-Casualty Response Unit
A 2001 FL70 Freightliner with a 24’ Hackney body is utilized to respond to major incidents to provide additional patient care equipment and supplies.
Mass Casualty – Evacuation Transport Buses
Medic has two international FE300 buses to provide transportation of twenty non-ambulatory patients. These vehicles reduce the number of ambulances needed for transport at a multi-casualty event and can also be utilized as collection and treatment centers at mass gathering events.
Kubota 4x4 Utility Vehicles
During mass gathering events where a full size vehicle would not have access Medic deploys two Kubota 4x4 Utility Vehicles. These vehicles are able to transport patients out of an event while providing prehospital medical care.
Civil Emergency Unit (CEU)
Eleven Paramedics are assigned to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s CEU team. This team specializes in dealing with civil disturbance incidents. Medic Paramedics provide prehospital care and coordinate transportation of any patients encountered during a deployment.
Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
Eight Paramedics have completed intense training and function as Tactical Medics with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s SWAT team. These Paramedics have all completed Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), Tactical Emergency Medical Support and other training specific to casualty rescue and evacuation.
Advanced Local Response Team (ALERT)
Medic Paramedics and EMTs have completed training specific to incidents involving terrorism events and provide the prehospital medical component of this multi-agency task force.