DomPrep has divided the 44 minute interview into seven segments.
Segment One: The MMRS 101
How Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-80) and its target capabilities are driving current MMRS planning.
Duration: 6 Minutes
Segment Two: MMRS Grants
HSPD-8 capability drives priorities for grants; the requirements for continuity of operations planning; the deliverables – i.e., the statement of operational capability, particularly with respect to CBRNE response plans; and the quality assurance review.
Duration: 9 Minutes 07 Seconds
Segment Three: Local MMRS Systems
The key role played by an active and engaged steering committee; the importance of the MMRS pharmaceutical cache and ChemPac.
Duration: 12 Minutes 03 Seconds
Segment Four: MMRS Equipment
Alignment of the MMRS-authorized equipment list with CDC and HRSA.
Duration: 2 Minutes 28 Seconds
Segment Five: MMRS Special Projects
Mr. Atwood lists several special projects from FY04 notably Anaheim’s CBRN-E-Link, an interoperable CBRNE communications network system and GIS.
Duration: 4 Minutes 40 Seconds
Segment Six: MMRS Training and Exercising
George Washington University’s MaHIM (Medical and Health Incident Management) System model of a multi-jurisdictional, mutual aid-supported mass-casualty response. Atwood’s concept for MMRS automated simulation and gaming.
Duration: 4 Minutes 23 Seconds
Segment Seven: MMRS Sustainability and NIMS Compliance
“Tiering” capabilities at the local, state, regional, and federal levels according to the target capabilities of HSPD-8. Atwood’s view that states are undertaking a more operational role in medical response. Using NIMCAST for on-line verification of NIMS compliance.
Duration: 5 Minutes 42 Seconds
John F. Morton
John F. Morton is the Strategic Advisor for DomPrep. He is also the Homeland Security Team Lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). A member of the DomPrep team since its founding, he has served as managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews.
Dennis Atwood, National Program Manager, Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Directorate Office of Grants and Training. Mr. Atwood currently is the Program Manager, MMRS where he manages funding and provides program guidance supporting 124 MMRS jurisdictions in achieving and maintaining regional, integrated all-hazards mass casualty preparedness to be able to respond during the early hours of an incident critical to life-saving and population protection, until external resources arrive and are operational. He also is a member of the Catastrophic Incident Planning Working Group (CIPWG), co-chair/leader of the Decontamination Strategy Project Team. The CIPWG lead the Federal interagency activities to produce and revise the Catastrophic Incident Supplement to the National Response Plan.