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IMERT's Mission

IMERT Team Mission


IMERT, the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team, is comprised of some 600+ volunteers from every region of the state. These individuals come from the medical and emergency response community as well as the private sector. The volunteers train to respond to communities impacted by disasters that result in the paralysis or destruction of the healthcare infrastructure. The primary mission is to provide interim medical care by supporting local and regional resources as directed by the Incident Commander.  Conditions are often austere, requiring responders to be self-sufficient.



IMERT has responded to numerous emergencies, disasters, and high risk/high profile events around the state as well as to Louisiana in response to Hurricane Katrina.

The IMERT program is multi-faceted and is capable of a flexible, scalable medical response. The other crucial piece for response capability is the logistics component. This group is comprised of volunteers with special skill sets such as; information technology, communications, HAM radio operators, materials management, scene safety, and resource management.

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Team Members

SWMD Applications are being accepted.  Please read below and in the Team Members section for more information

Recent News

News Articles


6/2/2014 - Dr. Heilicser marks 30 years
6/18/2013 - Mary Connelly Honored with Directors Award
5/22/2013 - IMERT Recognized during EMS Week
2/28/2013 - Earthquake Drill a Success
10/5/2012 - Heritage Harbor WMD training
6/15/2012 - Dr. Lee Awarded the IPHA Director's Recognition Award Read more...
12/20/2011 - IMERT Volunteers Honored
5/24/2011 - Missouri Update
5/9/2011 - Southern Region Deployment Wrap-up
5/7/2011 - Cairo Demobilization Effort

More news articles.


News Briefs

Log into the Team Member section to view archived Monthly News Briefs

Upcoming Events

All IMERT training and educational opportunities will be posted here, within the Upcoming Events section of the website.


Deployment Operations Course: Haiti Earthquake Response
May 29th

South Cook County EMS Office
Oak Forest College Center
16333 Kilbourn Ave
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Room #5300

After spending 12 days among the ruins of an earthquake-raved Haiti, Dr. Bernie Heilicser, discusses the medical life-saving actions performed by individuals deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake and how lessons learned from that experience can help emergency responders in Illinois be better prepared for a catastrophic event.
IMERT policy and procedure and deployment operations will be discussed. Additional topics to be determined.

Event Information/Printable Brochure
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Hospital First Receiver Decontamination
June 4

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E Huron Street
Feinberg Pavilion
Third Floor Conference Room D
Chicago, IL 60611

The program content has been re-designed to meet OSHA requirements for Hospital First Receivers which now consists of an 8hr program. The awareness level training will be completed by the participant prior to the class. The training content consists of an-line program that provides power point slides, a self- study guide and a post test.
To register, see the course brochure.

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Crisis Standards of Care Engagement Conference
June 16, 2015
9 am 5 pm
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

This event is free of charge.

The need for Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) has been recognized within Illinois as an essential component of disaster planning/preparedness. This has prompted a collaborative initiative by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) under the auspices of their Hospital Preparedness Program activities to address this need.
Registration and information

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Deployment Operations Course: Logistic Operations
June 26

ILEAS Training Center
Urbana, IL

This course will focus on Communications Equipment, Medical equipment/supplies and deployable assets that may be encountered at an IMERT Alternate Care Site. There will be live demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.
IMERT policy and procedure and deployment operations will also be reviewed.

Event Information/Printable Brochure
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