The Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management has a new tool to manage disasters. Effective today, a Multi-Casualty Incident (MCI) trailer has been stationed at the OEM offices in Las Cruces.
The MCI trailer will provide life-saving assets in incidents involving numerous injuries. It is equipped with large quantities of medical and support supplies that can be quickly transported to mass-casualty incidents. First responders, EMTs and paramedics will then be able to access and disperse the supplies from the trailer at the event site. Centrally located in Doña Ana County, the trailer also will be deployable to surrounding counties.
The trailer, valued at approximately $26,000, can provide incident-command capability, scene lighting, basic life support and oxygen-delivery systems for 20 critical patients. In addition, the trailer offers personal protection for up to 24 emergency responders, along with supplies for wound care for 20 patients and support for triage activities.
The trailer was provided by Eastern New Mexico Emergency Medical Services (EMS Region III), in partnership with the Division of Epidemiology and Response of the N.M. Department of Health’s EMS Bureau and Homeland Security Department.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.