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The Maryland National Capital Region Emergency Response System (MDERS) was organized in 2014 to support the development of coordinated emergency response in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The disciplines represented in MDERS include Fire/Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Critical Healthcare Facilities, Emergency Management, and Public Health. Direction is provided by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from all five disciplines from each county as well as the state.


The main MDERS Office is located in College Park, MD and houses the Director, the Planning and Organization Staff, and the Finance and Logistics Staff. Training and Exercise Staff are housed at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Volunteer Managers are co-located at the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Health Departments as well as the MDERS office in College Park. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) serves as the fiscal agent and administrative home for MDERS.


To support the integration of fire, rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, emergency management, public health, and healthcare systems to ensure a coordinated response to emergency incidents through strategic planning, information sharing, training, exercises, and equipment acquisition.


To serve as the single point of collaboration between all disciplines involved in emergency response in order to achieve integration to optimize all capabilities and provide superior service to the residents and visitors of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

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