Emergency Medical Assistance Team
EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TEAM
Ontario’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) is a provincial mobile medical field unit that can be requested by the health system in Ontario when health resources are significantly stressed by an emergency or major incident. EMAT is a flexible, modular team which has the ability to send specific medical services and supports depending on the nature of the incident (e.g. mass casualty event, community evacuation, CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives) incident.) At full capacity it can provide 56 beds, including 20 critical care beds and 36 intermediate care beds. EMAT does not have surgical capacity. It can be deployed to any road-accessible community in Ontario, and requires approximately 24 hours from the time deployment is approved to arrive on site.
EMAT is not part of the local 911 response system. All requests for EMAT must be made to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, through the Emergency Management Branch (EMB). A request for support from EMAT can come from any health system partner.
If you are anticipating challenges with health system capacity during an emergency, you should contact the EMB as early as possible to discuss options. If you are a responder from a sector other than health, please connect with your local health partners to coordinate an enquiry or request.
The Emergency Management Branch can be reached at any time through the Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272.
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