Tactical Medical Team (TMT)
Formed in 1992, Med-Act's Tactical Medical Team (TMT) provides immediate medical support for the law enforcement tactical teams of Johnson County, Kansas. These teams include those from the cities of Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Shawnee Police Departments, and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. The TMT supports the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams of Overland Park Police and Olathe Fire Departments. The TMT also enjoys a close training relationship with the Kansas City Metro Tactical Officer's Association, by doing medical standbys during courses and providing instructors for the TEMS class and teaching Officer first aid.
Hazardous Material Medical Support Team (HMMST)
In 1993, Johnson County Med-Act created the Hazardous Materials Medical Support Team (HMMST) to respond to incidents involving chemicals that require specialized medical evaluation and support. The team consists of paramedics who have acquired training specifically to support fire department haz-mat response teams. The HMMST members are specially trained to provide medical support for hazardous materials incidents, including providing effective medical care for contaminated patients.
Disaster Medical Support (DMS)
The Disaster Medical Support (DMS) is comprised of specially trained and equipped paramedics to provide medical support for technical rescue incidents such as building collapse. Members of the DMS are able to work at any level within the Medical Branch as needed to support complex incidents.
Emergency Operations Team (EOT)
The Emergency Operations Team (EOT) coordinates the delivery of emergency medical services under adverse operating conditions. Team members are familiar with the Johnson County County Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) and its methods of activation, as well as the emergency operations with county, regional, state and national agencies. During severe weather, mass casualty incidents, and/or special system needs, the EOT activates the department's operations center, known to the organization as the Emergency Medical Services Operations Center (EMSOC). The EMSOC provides a command and control center for all EMS activities and operations. Located at headquarters, EMSOC ensures system stability by adequately staffing of ambulance and rapid response units, strategically placing units, monitoring impending weather conditions and other system stressing causative factors, and facilitates additional resource requests.
Bicycle Medic Team (BMT)
Med-Act’s Bicycle Medic Team (BMT) began in the summer of 2003, and has proven to be an effective way to deliver care when reaching patients becomes difficult at planned events. Every year there are several large events held in Johnson County where the team has proven very useful. These include the Johnson County Fair, Old Shawnee Days, and Old Settler’s Days.
Each bicycle is set up to operate independently, although most often the BMT paramedics work in teams of two. In its panniers, each bike carries an AED, Oxygen and airway equipment, IV supplies, and medications to effectively provide initial treatment until a transporting ambulance arrives.
Large crowds at public events can present unique challenges in gaining quick access to those in need. Med-Act's Standby Team provides dedicated paramedics to select large scale public events, trained and equipped for rapid access and care.
Peer Support Team
A career in EMS can be take its toll, both physically and psychologically. PTSD and depression occur at higher rates in EMS than other professions. To combat this, the Peer Support Team was formed in 2017. The Peer Support Team provides peer mentoring for employees and their families. The team offers assistance and support when personal or professional problems negatively affect an employee, their work performance, or their family unit. Staffing comes from all levels in the department. Members of the Peer Support Team receive specialized training that helps them provide emotional support to the members of the department. They are also trained to recognize when those looking for support need professional help and can help in making those arrangements.