The U.S. Army Radiological Advisory Medical Team (RAMT)
J. R. Mercier, S. C. Moss
The U.S. Army maintains a national-level asset called the Radiological Advisory Medical Team (RAMT) for response to nuclear and radiological events. Under charter from the Department of Defense and within the hierarchy of the Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan, the RAMT can provide military support to civil authorities [Department of the Army 1985; Department of Defense 1996 and 1999; Federal Emergency Management Agency 1996]. Careful manning, specialized training and extensive equipping of the RAMT yields a unique highly capable response asset. The RAMT mission includes 1) expert real-time evaluation of the radiation hazard; 2) advising the On-Scene Commander, or other responsible official, on contamination control, radiation exposure risks, and protective action guidelines; 3) providing radiological medical support to other response teams entering the hazard zone; and 4) assisting local hospitals with contamination control, patient decontamination and the medical management of radiation injuries.
This abstract was presented at the 36th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Radiation Safety Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Response", Radiological Incidents, Part 2 Session, 1/26/2003 - 1/29/2003, held in San Antonio, TX.