Tripler’s trailer supports disaster response

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Les Ozawa
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Recently purchased disaster response trailers are sited at Tripler and Schofield Barracks, filled with emergency medical supplies for care for the injured during disasters. (Will Carnes | U.S. Army Photo)HONOLULU — Waiting at the far end of the parking lot outside Tripler Army Medical Center’s emergency entrance is a bright red trailer marked “Disaster Response.” 

This small, two-wheeled trailer is ready to hit the road and provide improved care, treatment and services capabilities to Oahu’s military and civilian communities when disaster strikes.

The Pacific Regional Medical Command recently purchased two of these fully loaded $45,000 trailers for Oahu. The trailers are located at Tripler and the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic.

When a disaster strikes, the two-wheel trailers will be moved to where they are needed most. They can provide emergency medical supplies and equipment to care for more than 100 patients, according to PRMC disaster management planner Tom Bookman. 

Each trailer is equipped with 20 disaster trauma kits, medical restock boxes, 32 trauma patient packs, 20 backboards, 16 roll-a-stretchers, a triage kit, oxygen bottles, and other emergency medical supplies. 

These provisions allow medical personnel the ability to stop bleeding, prevent shock and provide fluids as necessary, before patients are transported to other facilities for further care.

“The trailer is an emergency preparedness multiplier,” Bookman said.

“The disaster response trailer allows us to take medical treatment directly to the site, to the point of injury, rather than wasting valuable time bringing individuals to the hospital,” said  Master Sgt. David Allegretti, noncommissioned officer in charge, Emergency Services Department, Tripler.

“Rather than 20 medics carrying aid bags, we have a trailer that can serve that function, and in the process, care for a significant amount of people at one time,” said Allegretti.

Although the disaster response trailers are funded by Tripler, their use isn’t limited to the military community. 

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii, along with Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense and the U.S Army-Pacific share emergency management information and coordinate disaster response activities with the state of Hawaii.

The trailers may be used to support health care providers outside of the military community in the event of a regional or prolonged disaster.

“These trailers are for the support of Oahu’s disaster response plans,” Bookman explained. “(They) will make caring for disaster victims better and easier for everyone.”

Category: News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *