The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) reestablished the Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP) grant to work with a public health or medical facility to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure. The REMCDP Notice of Funding Opportunity was open on www.grants.gov from July 10, 2018 through August 10, 2018.
Following a merit review process, DHS awarded $2,000,000 to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) for a 2-year period of performance beginning October 2018. UMMC will use REMCDP funds to continue its First Hands training program, which combines medical and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications education and exercises to empower first providers giving medical aid. Planned deliverables include the development of a just-in-time training and operational platform, a refresher program for graduates of the First Hands program, and a companion course for public safety communicators entitled First Voice. REMCDP lessons learned will be shared with other communities to serve as a repeatable model for addressing rural population healthcare needs.
Additional information about REMCDP can be found on www.dhs.gov/remcdp.