March 1, 2012

WSU National Center for Medical Readiness partners with USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to conduct civilian/military disaster preparedness training and research

NCMR and USAFSAM/ETS sign Education Partnership Agreement

DAYTON, Ohio—Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. School of Aerospace Medicine, Air Force Expeditionary Medical Skills Institute (USAFSAM/ETS) signed an Education Partnership Agreement today agreeing to collaborate on civilian/military disaster preparedness.

The agreement will facilitate collaboration between the USAF and NCMR to ensure civilian and military medical readiness and disaster preparedness by conducting training and research. The collaborative research may include aerospace, emergency and disaster medicine; critical care air transport; humanitarian response; contingency operations; civilian/military interface; command and control; visual displays and optical systems and much more.

“The National Center for Medical Readiness Tactical Laboratory, provides a unique atmosphere that may enhance several of USAF School of Aerospace Medicine’s training curriculums,” said Col. Christian Benjamin, USAFSAM Commander.  “We are happy to team with Wright State University on developing this mutually beneficial relationship.”

The partners will develop and conduct training across a broad spectrum of disaster preparedness areas, including preparing patients for critical care air transport, field exercises for the Air Force Radiation Assessment Team in simulated radiation surveys, sample collection and drills in urban survey, radioactive source recovery and food protection training.

“This agreement will provide opportunities for collaboration on various technology transfer areas that will directly contribute to the economic development of the Dayton region while strengthening competitiveness for the U.S. on a global stage,” said Glenn Hamilton, M.D., NCMR senior director and professor of emergency medicine. “This partnership can become an engine for economic growth by allowing us to apply Air Force technologies to commercial industrial problems while increasing our opportunities for pursuing competitive research projects and grants.”

NCMR was established by the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine.  Designated as a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence, NCMR is a community-wide effort to enhance the resilience of the region and the state in response to significant disasters or emergencies.  NCMR’s emphasis is medical readiness, although it serves the broader purpose of disaster preparedness.

Earlier this year, NCMR signed an agreement with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to become the alternate site for the state of Ohio’s state emergency operations center. This alternate state emergency operations center, to be located at the NCMR Tactical Laboratory (TL) at Calamityville in Fairborn, will support the state of Ohio’s plan to provide continuity of operations and government during emergencies such as severe weather events, terrorist attacks or hazardous materials incidents.