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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

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News Briefs

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Upcoming Events

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




April 26-28, 2015

Mark your calendars now for next year’s ILEAS Conference! ILEAS has decided to go with new dates to avoid the weather issues of early March. The conference will once again be held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

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Hospital First Receiver Decontamination
April 29

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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Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)
April 29

CDPH Training Center
1642 N. Besly Court
Chicago, IL

This course is designed to provide participants the ability to assess and stabilize patients with serious burns during the first critical hours following injury and to identify those patients requiring transfer to a burn center. We will be offering two opportunities to receive ABLS Training. Registration information is available in the course brochure.

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Pediatric Disaster Response and
Emergency Preparedness
May 5-6
Northern Illinois

Contact Evelyn Lyons at 708-327-2556 / for more information.

This DHS/FEMA funded course will address pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations, as identified in a 2010 report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters. Based on this assessment, a training gap exists for emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel reducing their effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs/considerations. (Download the flier for more information.)

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