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May 13, 2013 3:23 PM by Meteorologist Matt Terhune

Emergency Medical Task Force Practices Hurricane Landfall

CORPUS CHRISTI/ROBSTOWN- Hurricane season begins June 1st and today the Regional Emergency Medical Task Force had a full exercise in case of a major event.

Government Affairs Public Information Officer Tyner Little says, "This is a regional effort and it's also an opportunity for the region to get their equipment out and operate their equipment, set their equipment up in order that it's needed and to stay trained. That's what we're trying to do is stay trained!"

The mobile medical unit tent is set up for first responders to treat many injured people after a hurricane with tornados hits.

Nurse Manager from Spohn-Shoreline, Pennie Mathewson says, "It's a very learning experience for all of us. This is the first time we've worked with all these tents, staging area here. Working out the kinks in it. Seeing the things that we need, maybe are missing. Again it's a work in progress and I think we did a very good job.>

After nurses analyze your injuries, they'll be the ones that decide if you go on the mobile medical unit to area hospitals for more medical treatments.

Ambulance bus driver, Frank Torres says, "We carry enough fuel to run for 36 hours and we have enough oxygen on board to treat 18 patients for up to 96 hours without having to restock."

The medical ambulance bus can transport 18 patients laying down or up to 24 patients just sitting up. This evacuation ambulance is prepared for a big event.

Regional Advisory Council member, Rick Adams says, "It's good to shake it out, get these people trained and ready. I think the results would be a rapid response in hopefully saving of lives."


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