Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Disaster Science


Disaster Science

First Advisor

Dr. Wallace G. Harris

Second Advisor

Dr. Paula Lessem

Third Advisor

Dr. Walter G. Green, III


Predictions on infection rates for a possible outbreak of human pandemic influenza have officials in Public Health, Epidemiology, Public Safety, and other organizations developing plans on the federal, state, and local levels. These plans are outlining prevention, preparedness, and response during an outbreak, stressing interagency collaboration and contingencies for significant employee absenteeism rates for extended periods of time. However, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers will likely face a marked increase for calls for service to the community; and may be forced to provide service with a diminished workforce and additional duties not traditionally performed by their personnel. This Thesis examines these issues and suggests a model for EMS response during an outbreak of human pandemic influenza.