Vt. responders learn to deploy portable hospital

Insulated tents have 20-beds, medical operations room, medical supplies, oxygen and water systems

By Tom Momberg
Bennington Banner

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services, administered an orientation for a handful of responders from the Bennington Rescue Squad on Tuesday, for use of the state's second portable hospital.

"We are being trained in partnership with the health department, for if and when they need it, there are folks here that will be able to get it and get it hooked up wherever it might be needed," said Bennington Rescue Executive Director Forest Weyen.

Once an agency, such as Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, requests the portable hospital, the Bennington Rescue Squad will be able to deploy it as needed. The mobile hospital has limited medical supplies, so it would be up to the requestor to staff it and round up any drugs or vaccines it needed.

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