Jefferson County EMA Deputy Director Tim Wilder receives federal civilian service medal for actions in U.S. pandemic response

Jefferson County EMA Deputy Director Tim Wilder received the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for exemplary service to the nation as part of the federal medical response to the pandemic. Deputy Director Wilder serves as a member of an Incident Management Team (IMT) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

During the pandemic, the IMT responded to more than 1,800 missions to support nearly 50 states, territories, and jurisdictions. Deputy Director Wilder is one of approximately 90 IMT responders to receive the award for civilians who deployed for 30 consecutive or 60 cumulative days to provide medical care to state, territory, tribal, and local partners.

The pandemic strained our country’s healthcare system for almost three years,” said Director for ASPR’s Division of Field Operations and Response Kevin Horahan. “Tim and his IMT colleagues served as a lifeline to many healthcare facilities. This medal reflects his self-less commitment to meeting the public health and medical needs of the American people.”

ASPR’s IMTs identify and validate the prioritized needs of the communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency, coordinate resources to meet those needs, and manage all HHS deployed field resources. For the pandemic, resources included thousands of tons of medical equipment and supplies and thousands of medical professionals who deploy from their own communities around the country to provide temporary relief to other healthcare staff, adding medical capacity and improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

During the pandemic response, IMT members oversaw the operational, safety, security, logistical, planning, finance, and communications needs of thousands of clinical and non-clinical personnel from ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who deployed throughout the country to support overwhelmed hospitals struggling to respond to the pandemic. NDMS and USPHS can provide medical care during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states. NDMS also can provide veterinary care and mortuary assistance.

IMTs combine federal full-time and intermittent employees. Intermittent personnel hail from communities nationwide. When deployed, they are considered federal employees working as part of a coordinated federal response. When not deployed, they are the disaster management and medical professionals in communities entrusted daily with local health care.

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