National Center for Medical Readiness

Rufus Smith, M.S.A., Director

EMT-Refresher course at Calamityville

About Us


The mission at the National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR) is to train medical and non-medical personnel to prepare for emergencies and save lives. NCMR offers courses at Calamityville®, a 52-acre campus in Fairborn, Ohio, operated by Wright State University. It features training zones offering real-world props, including a massive, 9-story, 300-foot long industrial building; civilian and military emergency, heavy-hauler, and passenger equipment; and three, full-sized school buses. Calamityville® also has state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.

As the single largest trainer of military and civilian emergency response personnel in the world, NCMR is home to more than 300 years of experience in its unrivaled instructor cadre consisting of combat veterans and emergency responders who have worked at state and federal levels.


The National Center for Medical Readiness partners with regional, state, federal, military and private-sector agencies and organizations to achieve its mission.

Wright State University
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Community/State Resources

The National Center for Medical Readiness is a founding member of the Food and Agricultural Protection Training Consortium (FAPTC), a consortium of several nationally recognized universities. The FAPTC works together to support the nation’s unified effort to bring all levels of the food safety system to new training levels to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from high-consequence events.

NCMR is a partner in the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a professional alliance sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate. The NDPC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address the counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation’s emergency first responders within the context of all hazards including chemical, biological, radiological and explosive weapons of mass destruction (WMD) hazards.