Purpose: Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) serve to coordinate multi-disciplinary and multi-agency emergency personnel in a foodborne outbreak or other emergency situation.
Methods: Tabletop Training Exercises and After Action Reports involving all response partners improve working relationships and communication, while preparing the RRT for future incidents. RRT environmental assessments and environmental sampling provide ongoing training for RRT staff.
Results: Foodborne outbreaks responses to Salmonella, STEC and cyclospora, pesticide and toxin contamination of animal feed, and sulfa drug residue contamination of dairy products highlighted the MI RRT involvement in 2014.
Significance: Preparation and partnerships provided effective responses by multi-disciplinary and multi-agency emergency personnel in limiting the size and scope of numerous incidents in the state of Michigan.