TEMS is a concept developed within tactical law enforcement operations to care for SWAT officers in an austere environment. Prior to the formation of MDERS, the two counties had already built a Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) capability. The Prince George’s County Police Department Special Operations Division includes paramedics from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, assigned to and trained by the police department, to function within the tactical environment. The Montgomery County Police Department operates utilizing MCPD paramedics and EMTs assigned to the Emergency Services Unit within the Special Operations Division. Regardless of deployment model, personnel serve the same purpose and must achieve the same objectives.
Starting in 2015, MDERS began supporting the enhancement of this capability through training and equipment acquisition. The purpose of this capability development plan serves to unite these models, ensuring the same equipment and training are obtained to support interjurisdictional and interagency emergency response.
For more information contact Luke Hodgson at Luke.Hodgson@Maryland.gov