CO-3 is a group of professional and paraprofessional medical personnel designed to provide emergency medical care during domestic and internationally declared emergencies. The team is a federal response asset operating within the National Disaster Medical System, under the direction of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
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Disaster Medical Assistance Teams deploy to disaster sites with sufficient supplies and equipment to sustain themselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical care site. Duties include patient triage, emergency medical treatment and stabilization, and patient evacuation from disaster sites. DMATs are typically deployed to support state and local medical and public heath teams to provide primary medical care when those resources are taxed. CO-3 is a rapid response team that is able to deploy within 4 hours of notification. Typical deployments are 14 days, past deployment within NDMS have included National Special Security Events, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks.