FirstRes­pon­ders roll-out mo­bile di­sas­ter unit

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St. La­zare’s Me­di­cal Res­ponse Unit says it can handle mul­tiple pa­tient emer­gen­cies as of this week thanks to a large trai­ler that has been out­fit­ted for the unit as a rol­ling­me­di­cal centre.

On Mon­day eve­ning at the town’s com­mu­ni­ty centre, the vo­lun­teer first res­ponse unit un­vei­led a 16-foot trai­ler that has been com­ple­te­ly out­fit­ted to serve as a stand-alone me­di­cal centre, as well as amo­bile co­or­di­na­tion unit.

The trai­ler, which was pur­cha­sed last year, was chris­te­ned Me­dic 4: Uni­té de sup­port mé­di­cal.

Me­dic 4 is out­fit­ted with me­di­cal sup­plies and equip­ment, as well as a ge­ne­ra­tor and ligh­ting sys­tem that can be used in times of po­wer ou­tages.

When using the unit, First Res­pon­ders will al­so be able to set up a small treat­ment area.

Ac­cor­ding to a press re­lease, the mo­bile unit was plan­ned and built by vo­lun­teers Be­noit Hé­bert, JoëlDe­shaies, Jean Noël, and KentWood, while Me­di­cal Res­ponse Unit Di­rec­tor Nick D’Ulisse was cre­di­ted for his “vi­sio­na­ry work” in es­ta­bli­shingMe­dic 4.

Me­di­cal Res­ponse Unit di­sas­ter pre­pa­red­ness spe­cia­list Joël Deshaies said the de­sire to be rea­dy for a large-scale me­di­cal emer­gen­cy in St. La­zare is what promp­ted the group’s ini­tia­tive.

The group no­ted that Me­dic 4 was paid for with funds col­lec­ted du­ring the Me­di­cal Res­ponse’s an­nual car stop in St. La­zare, as well as with a sur­prise do­na­tion from the Hud­sonMu­sic Club.

PHOTO DA­NIEL CUILLERIER

Joël Deshaies cap­tu­red a photo of St. La­zare’sMe­di­cal Res­ponse Unit trai­ning with its newMe­dic4: Uni­té de sup­port mé­di­cal.

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