FRED Alerting System: (The FRED System will be discontinued on 12/31/13, Knowledge Center - HIMS will utilized for all alerts) The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established an alerting and real time resource inventorying system geared toward hospital resources called the FRED system. FRED stands for Facility Resource Emergency Database. Hospitals, EMS councils, and communications centers have access to this resource. FRED can be activated by calling the office directly and using the option to page a staff member after hours or by calling your local EMA office. 

Knowledge Center - Heath Information Management System (KC-HIMS): The Pennsylvania DOH has purchased access to the situational awareness web site Knowledge Center.  In addition to having all of the features of the EMA Knowledge Center, the DOH page also has the added component of the Healthcare Management System.  KC-HIMS is slated to replace the FRED system and Total Visibility on 12/31/13.  Once full integration occurs the KC-HIMS program and the EMA version will have lateral information sharing.  This will allow EMS, Hospitals, EMA, and Long Term Care facilities to share information in real-time.  KC-HIMS will be used to create incidents, track incidents, log patients for MCI's and evacuations, and multiple other functions.  For access to the system contact your agency/facilities Local Administrator, or contact the Regional Preparedness Coordinator.

CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management):The EMMCO West CISM team, led by Clinical Director, Mary Rollinger, has a primary mission of assisting emergency services personnel in coping with normal reactions to abnormal events. To activate the CISM team, call EMMCO West at 814-337-5380. There are directions for team activation 24/7.

Special Event PlanLarge events have the potential to dramatically stress local emergency resources should an untoward event occur. It is highly recommended that EMS agencies work with event planners, municipal leaders, fire, police and other emergency services to plan for such events. There is a template plan and post event reporting form to the right. You can submit your special event EMS plan to your regional council for DOH approval.

EMS Strike Team: The PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, has identified 150 ambulance services throughout the Commonwealth to participate in the EMS Strike Team program. These teams of ambulances are designed to quickly mobilize and respond to locations experiencing significant EMS system surge. The teams have deployed both in-state and out-of-state. Team members receive immunizations, training, and equipment/supplies needed to be self-sufficient for up to 72 Hours. Each responding ambulance is staffed with a minimum of 4 EMS certified personnel, capable of performing 24 hour operations. These teams are activated through the local county EMA, EMS Regional Council, PEMA, or the PA Department of Health.

MSEC Trailer: (Mobile Surge Equipment Cache): Regional EMS Councils throughout the Commonwealth have received at least one MSEC trailer from the PA Department of Health. The trailer system is designed to augment and supplement local emergency response systems in the time of an EMS system surge event (disaster, pandemic, etc..). The trailer is designed to establish a medical support shelter for non-critical medical patients. It uses existing facilities (i.e.. school gymnasium, social hall) within a community. The trailer is supported by the regional EMS Strike Team and by local emergency management personnel. The MSEC trailer can also be used for temporary housing of emergency personnel, portable shelter (cooling/warming station), or for incident management operations. The MSEC can be requested through the local EMA, regional EMS council, PEMA, or PA Department of Health

Erie Regional Medical Reserve Corps: The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address following the 9/11 terrorist attack in NYC in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC allows for medical and non-medical volunteers to be ready to offer their expertise in an organized manner in the case of a large-scale emergency and also to promote health living throughout the year. For addition information, please contact the ERMRC Coordinator, Nancy Jones at

Northwest PA State Medical Assistance Team-2: The NW PA SMAT-2 program is a part of Pennsylvania's plan to improve disaster preparedness efforts. This volunteer organization is developed and supported through an agreement with the Commonwealth since 2008. Currently, the team consists of more than 175 medical and non-medical personnel from the northwest part of the state. In addition to our volunteer staff, the team maintains durable medical equipment for use in response to disasters in our region. Our mission is to work as a team to assist local organizations in disaster relief efforts; including floods, tornados, and other natural and man-made disasters. NW PA SMAT-2 is strategically located adjacent to the Erie International Airport and the national railway system. We are also in close proximity to Interstate 79 and 90, and th Lake Erie waterfront. Field Training Exercises (FTX), skills training, drills, and other events are used to prepare, train and enhance our effectiveness when the need arises to serve our region. It is only through the volunteer efforts of team members, that our disaster response will provide the most effective medical care to our communities in their greatest time of need. For additional information regarding this organization, please contact the Team Coordinator, Karrah Kightlinger at or visit their website at .