The primary focus of the WMMRS program is to develop or enhance existing emergency preparedness systems to effectively respond to a public health crisis, especially a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) event. Through preparation and coordination, local law enforcement, fire, Hazmat, EMS, hospital, public health and other "first response" personnel plan to more effectively respond in the first 48 hours of a public health crisis.
Since May 2002, The City of Worcester Metropolitan Medical Response System (WMMRS) has acted as the catalyst for the enhancement of emergency service capabilities, relating to the health and medical needs of victims in the event of a Weapons of Mass Destruction attack. This program is designed to strengthen existing emergency response plans and when necessary, develop new ones to deal with previously unidentified threats. Worcester authorities recognize that the resources of the City and the Greater Worcester Region would be overwhelmed by the magnitude of destruction, disability and loss of life should a nuclear, chemical or biological attack occur. Thus, the WMMRS in cooperation with Worcester Emergency Management and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to integrate and synchronize individual agency response plans.