Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART)

When disaster strikes, careful coordination of disaster relief is essential.

A global Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is formed drawing on all the resources of Samaritan’s Purse offices in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. Each response country has its own team of highly skilled and trained volunteers who combine to form a DART. These volunteers are mobilised, briefed and transported to the site of the disaster where they will work alongside teams from other agencies and NGOs.

Following major global disasters such as the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, earthquakes in Ecuador, Nepal and Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Samaritan’s Purse managed the delivery of relief supplies, medicines, food and materials for shelter, water sanitation and rebuilding.

DART Programme

The Samaritan’s Purse International DART programme is composed of on-call, readily available professionals trained to respond within a complex international environment. We currently have over 60 DART members that are on-call, ready to deploy to any disaster around the world.

We are seeking to recruit Medical DART members that have a flexible schedule and availability to deploy immediately. A high level of prior humanitarian experience in delivering quality programming in an austere environment is desired. Medical DART members can be deployed to dangerous places, the living conditions can be challenging and the work days long and hard. However, Samaritan’s Purse believes in being the first on the ground in order to serve and help those who have suffered through a catastrophic event in the name of Jesus Christ.




Roles available for short-term DART deployment:
– Trauma / General Surgeons
– Anaesthetists / Anaesthetic Practitioners or Assistants
– Emergency Medicine Physicians
– Operating Room (Scrub Nurses, Operating Room Technicians/Assistants)
– Registered Nurses (EM, ICU, Pre/Post Op, Paediatric)
– Medical Doctors (GP, General Physicians, Infectious Disease Specialists)
– Paediatricians
– Obstetricians


Please see the skill requirements in the following page:




Are you interested in applying?


Alternatively, among your contacts and acquaintances, do you know of people who have suitable availability, attitude and skills to make them good potential DART members?

The recruiting, selection and training for DART positions takes place a few times each year. If you are interested in being considered for a DART role, your first step is to complete the application process. We will review your information and consider you for the next steps during our next applicant review cycle.

All expenses both for the training (2-3 day residential in the UK) and the deployment are covered by Samaritan’s Purse, but successful delegates will be required to demonstrate their capability and their commitment to DART.

Please contact Cynthia Ryan at cynthia.ryan@samaritans-purse.org.uk for an application form in the first instance.

To support the work of our DART teams and be part of our response to the next disaster or emergency, you can donate today.

Gifts towards our International Disaster Relief work will be used where most needed in a disaster or emergency situation. Thank you for your support and your prayers.


International Disaster Relief

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wherever a disaster strikes. Gifts towards our International Disaster
Relief work will be used where most needed in a disaster or emergency
situation to provide items such as emergency food, medical care, shelter,
water and hygiene kits.