Amer Kassas, Gary Rice and Clint Lowery prepare to deploy the surge tent under the watchful eye of Sarah Fahs.

On February 9, 2017 members of the Lake EMS Special Response Division, Florida Region 5 District and Florida Hospital Waterman personnel trained on deploying the Regional Medical Surge Cache. The training included inventory and inspection of the equipment. This equipment can be deployed within the District 5 Region during a large MCIS disaster.

Exterior of fully deployed surge tent. (L-R) Clint Lowery, Amer Kassas, Gary Rice, John Simpson, Glen Pope, Chuck Hylander, Pat Stephens, Cathy Denton, Jon Carey, Jeri Hendershot, Sarah Fahs.

The surge cache includes a large tent that can be deployed (from a 40 cubic foot, 530 lb. storage bag) in about six minutes using an air pump and provides 868 square feet of usable floor space with eight foot walls. A smaller connector tent sets up in similar fashion to provide an additional 454 square feet of space.

The surge cache also includes patient cots, portable air conditioning and heating, interior and exterior lights, tables and chairs. This equipment will be utilized by the Special Response Team during the April 2017 regional exercise.

Interior of Surge Tent (L-R) Clint Lowery, Gary Rice, Jon Carey, Amer Kassas, John Simpson, Chuck Hylander, Pat Stephens, Cathy Denton, Jeri Hendershot, Sarah Fahs, Glen Pope.