Indiana Guard Reserve demonstrates readiness to act during medical emergencies or natural disasters
By: Maj. Terry Heifetz
Guard Reservists demonstrated the capabilities of the
Indiana State Department of Health mobile hospital to state officials on July 12
INDIANAPOLIS – The secret is out. Several Indiana state departments now know, first hand, that the Indiana Guard Reserve (IGR) is ready to set up and staff the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) mobile hospital.
The week of July 9, dozens of IGR Soldiers volunteered to build, demonstrate, and tear-down the medical tent. The event was part of a Counter Terrorism and Security Council meeting, which was attended by numerous state agency heads, members of District 5 of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and federal partners. IDHS asked the IGR to set-up the field hospital tent as part of this display.
In just a few hours, Guard Reservists unloaded the tent and medical equipment, box by box, built it from the ground up, wired the electricity and air conditioning, and staffed it.
Maj. Gen. Bruce Bowers says this is one more way the IGR has proven it is ready to act during a disaster.
“The Indiana Guard Reserve is here to assist the citizens of Indiana, through the Indiana National Guard, in both civil events and during time of emergencies,” Bowers said. “Our Soldiers and Medical Command are able to set up, staff and operate the mobile hospital anywhere in the state that it is needed within four hours of arriving at the appointed site of operation. We train for such emergencies several times a year and are willing and able to get the job done if the need arises.”
Since the IGR first unpacked the ISDH mobile hospital more than two years ago, its members have held numerous training sessions to become proficient setting it up and operating it. During these exercises, which took place across the state, from Warsaw to Edinburgh, dozens of Soldiers have learned the most efficient way get the hospital running.
During the Indiana Department of Homeland Security event, Guard Reservists also showed some of their other capabilities. They escorted VIPs through the facilities and provided other logistical support during the two-day event.