Medical Unit Leader, MEDL

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Incident Positions
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  • Monitors and maintains supplies and personnel necessary to meet the complexity of the incident.
  • Maintains security for the medical unit.
  • Coordinates with the FACL to provide and maintain utilities, space, and facilities.
  • Arranges for appropriate medical ground transport (basic life support or advanced life support).
  • Arranges for appropriate air support.
  • Anticipates special needs (personnel, supplies, equipment).
  • Provides for biohazard handling and disposal procedures.
  • Establishes contact with local medical facilities. Uses contact information in developing the Medical Plan.
  • Establishes effective medical unit procedures for major medical emergency, non-emergency transport, and patient return from medical facility.
  • Obtains a briefing from supervisor, Logistics Section Chief or Safety Officer.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of assigned personnel to the incident.
  • Establishes and maintains positive internal and external interpersonal working relationships.
  • Maintains unit log.
  • Participates at logistics planning meetings and/or safety meetings.
  • Determines requirements for medical supplies and personnel needs for unit and place order.
  • Organizes and provides supervision for unit.
  • Prepares Medical Emergency Plan (ICS206).
  • Prepares procedures for major medical emergency.
  • Coordinates actions with Compensation for Injury Specialist.
  • Audit use of “over-the-counter” drugs being dispensed by medical unit to discourage improper use or abuse.
  • Responds to aid requests in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Evaluates unit’s ability to perform patient assessments and care.
  • Documents all actions taken using correct forms.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Background in medical services.
  • Current certification as an EMT.


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