Today, emergency response agencies from the Wake County EMS System; fire departments, Wake County EMS, hospitals, the Red Cross and Durham County participated in a required National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) drill at RDU International Airport. The drill simulated Wake County’s ability to receive victims from a military C130 and properly treat and transport them to surrounding hospitals.
NDMS combines Federal and non-Federal medical resources into a unified response to meet natural and man-made disaster needs, as well as support patient treatment requirements from military contingencies.
Wake County EMS was put to the test during the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On September 3rd, during Labor Day weekend, Wake County received more than 400 evacuees and successfully transported them to area hospitals and shelters.