EMPACT NORTHWEST: INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE & RESCUE SCHOOL
The EMPACT Story
EMPACT Northwest formed in response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. A group of paramedic/firefighters from the pacific northwest responded to Port Au Prince and worked in a field hospital, treating thousands of patients over the remainder of the year. Since then, EMPACT Northwest has been established as a Washington State non profit corporation and a Federal 501 (c) 3 organization.
Aside from medical missions in Haiti, EMPACT Northwest established an Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) team in 2012. Designed as a rapid response team, EMPACT USAR strives to be on the ground following major disasters within 12-24 hours. The team members are experienced professional first responders and medical providers with deployments ranging from Hurricane Katrina, Indonesian Earthquake, World Trade Center, the Japan Earthquake and others. The team meets FEMA Type III training and equipment standards.
EMPACT Northwest is 100% volunteer operated. Grants fund equipment and tool purchases, while a combination of Rescue School tuition and direct public support funds operational expenses. 10% of all accepted funds are used to maintain administrative functions such as insurance, bookkeeping and web presence. 90% of funds received are used directly towards service delivery.
Pacific Northwest Roots
While our disaster teams are capable of deploying anywhere in the world, our primary equipment cache is based in Washington State. With volunteers throughout the region including those based in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties, we consider the Puget Sound region as our primary response area. As resources allow, we are available to respond domestically and internationally for medical emergencies, disasters, and scheduled medical missions.
"We place a high priority on assisting under served populations and areas that are socioeconomically depressed"
We place a high priority on assisting under served populations and areas that are socioeconomically depressed. From rural communities in the US to rural communities in Haiti, we will respond when called upon.
We are dedicated to delivering rescue education through our RescueFirst48! initiative, to ensure communities are well prepared before a disaster strikes. We have educated EMT's in Haiti, and delivered disaster rescue education to first responders at home. EMPACT is dedicated to prevention and increased disaster mitigation advocacy.
EMPACT volunteers are made up of people from all walks of life. Many of our members are active career firefighters, but we also have paramedics, nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, mental health professionals, and industrial professionals who behave and perform accordingly.
The one common thread that each of our volunteers shares, however, is a commitment to their community and commitment to humanity. Our volunteers log countless hours studying, training, fundraising, and responding to disasters. Each of our volunteers are held to the same standard of training and capabilities as a similar sized FEMA teams, and is required to maintain their physical, cognitive and psycho-motor qualifications throughout their time with our organization.
Joining our team is a major commitment, and is very competitive. Our 2015 USAR team recruiting attracted 70 applicants for 20 positions. We invest a great deal of resources and human commitment to ensure our members are provided the training and tools necessary to perform as professional humanitarians. Our volunteers are our greatest strength and resource, and it is our mission to live up to the sacrifice and commitment demonstrated by our team. For more information on volunteering with us, visit our "Volunteer" page.