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Special Operations

Our dedication to Special Operations works to advance evidence-based medical practice in technically specialized areas of out-of hospital medicine. These include dive rescue, hazardous materials, heavy urban rescue, tactical, and disaster/mass casualty medicine. We provide support both for patients and emergency responders.


Dive Rescue

Dive rescue is the field of search and rescue operations on and below the surface of waterways.  Emergency Medical Services physicians support the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Dive Rescue Team by assisting in development of medical policies and protocols, and by offering an on-scene physician capability when needed.


Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are chemical, biological, or radiological substances that have the potential to contaminate and cause harm to people.  The field of hazardous materials management seeks to contain, identify, remove, and neutralize such dangerous substances.  Medical management of hazardous materials victims is provided by members of the Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine.  In addition, section physicians provide medical support to protect hazardous materials responders.


Heavy Urban Rescue

Heavy urban rescue involves the rescue of persons trapped in building collapses, confined spaces, or high angle locations. Our section provides medical support to the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT). Physician support includes review of medical procedures/protocols, as well as on-scene medical care for victims and team members.


Tactical Medicine

Tactical medicine is the field of out-of-hospital medical support for law enforcement and military operations. This unique area of EMS blends emergency medicine, primary care, occupational/preventive medicine, and public health. Several faculty serve as tactical physicians, providing policy advice and field medical support for a number of local and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, the Section provides the Medical Director for the Tactical EMS Program of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments.

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