Team Capabilities

Capabilities

The capabilities contained within OMORT include Search & Recovery (S&R), Mobile Morgue Operations, Victim Identification Center (VIC), and Command & Control (C2).  

Search & Recovery - When a disaster or major incident occurs, the first on-site responders are the local fire department, law enforcement, and emergency madical technicians.  If the incident involves mass fatalities, the Medical Examiner/Coroner Office is notified and responds with a scene evaluation team and search and recovery teams.  The next level of responders can include county, state, federal and out-of-area groups, such as specialized search and rescue teams.  In incidents involving chemical, biological, or radiological contamination, specialized teams are called in to manage search, recovery and decontamination of remains at the incident site.  Under the direction of the Deputy Commander for Search & Recovery (S&R), assets include:

  • Transportation, Safety, Forensics, and Search Teams.
  • Deployment.  This element contains 19 personnel turing Type I deployments (with the entire OMORT) or 28 personnel during a TYpe II deployment (S&R and C2 Module Only).
  • Note:  OMORT can expand S&R capacity when just that specific capability is required by pulling personnel from other elements (all are cross-trained in S&R.)

Mobile Morgue OperationsMorgue Services are organized to support the highest standards for morgue operations, decedent identification, and data management. This is critical to ensuring the efficient, accurate, and timely identification of the deceased.  Under the direction of the Deputy Commander for Morgue Operations, this capability is comprised of two groups:  Forensics & Admitting/Processing.

  • Forensic Group - Specialties include Radiology, Pathology, Anthropology, Finger Printing, Dental and DNA.
  • Admitting/Processing Group - Specialties include Property & Personal Artifacts, Embalming/Casketing, Remains Storage and Remains Escort.
  • Deployment.  This element contains 34 personnel during Type I deployments (with the entire OMORT) or 43 personnel during a Type II deployment (Mobile Morgue Operations and C2 Module Only).

Victim Identification Center - The Victim Identification Center (VIC) directly supports the Family Assistance Center (FAC) model as a framework for providing family assistance following a mass fatality incident (MFI).  Family assistance is defined as the provision of services and information to the family members of those killed and to those injured or otherwise impacted by the incident.   Although the specific needs of those impacted by a MFI will vary widely, family assistance presumes that the provision of information and access  to services is essential.  The VIC works for and supports the FAC with a specific mission to interview family members to assist in the identification of remains.  Under the direction of the Deputy Commander for the VIC, this capability is comprised of two groups:  Information Resource (IR) Section & Ante Mortem Information Intake Section.

  • IR Section - Specialties include Data Entry Specialists and Records Management Specialists.
  • Ante Mortem Information Intake Section - Specialties include Family Interview Specialists.
  • Deployment.  This element contains 14 personnel during Type I deployments (with the entire OMORT) or 23 personnel during a Type II deployment (VIC and C2 Module Only).

Command & Control (C2) - Under the direction of the Strike Team Leader, the OMORT provides C2 for both Type I and Type II deployments.

  • Type I Deployment - During a deployment when the capabilities of the entire team are required, the team deploys with 84 personnel.  This includes C2, S&R, VIC and Morgue Operations.  Capabilities within C2 for a Type I deployment include:
    • Strike Team Leader, Incident Support Team, Behavioral Health Specialist, Safety Officer, Operations Section, Logistics Section, Plans Section, and Finance /Admin Section (19 personnel).
  • Type II Deployment - During a deployment when one (or more) capabilities are required (specific modules), but not the entire team, OMORT will deploy a C2 element to support the capability requirement.  Capabilities within C2 for a Type II deployment include:
    • Strike Team Leader, Incident Support Team, Behavioral Health Specialist, Safety Officer, Logistics Section, Plans Section and Finance/Admin Section (9 personnel).

Operational Modularity

  • Type I Deployment
    • Entire Team (84 personnel)
    • One week (non-federal; in-state)
    • 12-hours per day (one shift per day)
  • Type II Deployment
    • Mission Ready Package (Modular)
      • VIC (23 personnel)
      • S&R (28 personnel)
      • Morgue Ops (43 personnel)
    • One week (non-federal; in-state)
    • 12-hours per day (one shift per day)
  • Type III Deployment
    • Individual augmentation (i.e., Forensic Dentist)

Deployment Time-Frame

  • Advance Party 1:  ADVON 1 (IST), 2 hours from notification to departing for mission site.
  • Advance Party 2:  ADVON 2 (C2), 4 hours from notification to departing for mission site.
  • Main Team:  6 hours from notification to departing for mission site.
  • Note:  Notification equals approval from Ohio EMA to deploy to mission site.