Special Operations

MED-ACT maintains several special operations teams that specialize in various levels of response. After their first years of training, clinicians are given the opportunity to join a special operations team in addition to their regular field assignment. During their time on each team, they will learn basic through advance operations of their chosen specialty, as well as leadership, team building and command functions. 

Special Teams

Disaster Medical Support (DMS)

Three members of the emergency ops team in front of the state search and rescue trailer

Johnson County MED-ACT is a participating agency with the Kansas Search & Rescue Response System. The Disaster Medical Support Team (DMS) is comprised of specially trained and equipped paramedics to deal with the unique challenges presented by collapsed or unstable structures, floods, or other complex rescue situations. Members of the DMS are able to work at any level within the Medical Branch as needed to support complex incidents. Certified Disaster Medical Specialists are members of KSAR Task Force 3(KS-TF3) for regional response and KSAR Task Force 1(KS-TF1) which is organized for interstate response. DMS has specific protocols and treatments for disaster related injuries.

Emergency Operations Team (EOT)

Emergency Ops Team member in the operations center

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.

Hazardous Material Medical Support Team (HMMST)

Five people in hazardous materials suites and oxygen gear

The Haz-Mat team suits up for routine training

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 HMMST members consists of Paramedics who are Nationally Accredited Hazardous Materials Technicians, and fully equipped to enter the area immediately surrounding the hazardous material in order to provide medical support for hazmat incidents, including providing effective medical care for contaminated patients and mass decon. Our HMMST responds with Overland Park Fire Department’s regional hazmat team, which is 1 of 9 regional hazmat teams in the state of Kansas that is coordinated through the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. The HMMST has specific protocols and treatments for hazmat patients.

Honor Guard

Three members of the honor guard in full regalia

We honor those who have gone before us by standing tall with those still beside us.

To answer a need, MED-ACT formed its first honor guard in 2016. It is comprised of field providers that train in drill and ceremony, flag etiquette, color guard movements and funeral protocols. The MED-ACT honor guard trains and works alongside fire and law enforcement teams to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades. They also serve as the guardians of the colors by displaying and escorting the national flag on ceremonial occasions.

Tactical Medical Team (TMT)

Tactical Medical Team group photo

MED-ACT Tactical Team at Training in Spring of 2021

The Tactical Medic Team (TMT) supports six law enforcement tactical units from departments across Johnson County, KS with specially trained paramedics in law enforcement tactics and specialty patient care protocols for the tactical environment.  Tactical Medics participate in various tactical unit deployments to include High Risk Warrant Services, Barricaded Subjects, Dignitary Protection, Area Searches, and Civil Disorder.  The TMT also supports two Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams from Overland Park Police and Olathe Fire.  The MED-ACT TMT also has a very close relationship with the Heartland Tactical Officers Association(HTOA) to include a member of the Board of Directors and the TEMS Section Chair.  The TMT actively participates with instructors and staff for various HTOA course to include Basic SWAT, TEMS, Advanced SWAT, and K9 Care courses.

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.