NIMS Field Guide Helps Launch Mobile Medical Unit
"A little over a year ago, our department partnered up with Texas Health Resources (THR) to leverage federal grant dollars in establishing a mobile medical unit (MMU); basically, an inflatable military style field hospital. This was a business that we had not envisioned on getting ourselves into but quickly saw its potential. The MMU team is comprised of Arlington Fire Department members, for logistics, and clinicians from our three hospitals to function in operational roles.
After exercising the MMU a couple of times, we realized the need to develop a management plan that would clearly articulate to the masses what their roles would be in a real incident. I and Jim Self, Medical Operations Battalion Chief, began working over the course of many months to develop this plan. We very quickly established NIMS and ICS as the backbone of this plan and began to identify NIMS field guides that could be utilized to develop simple user friendly job sheets for our team as well as validate our overall concept. Your NIMS Incident Command Field Guide
was one that proved to be a tremendous asset. Since then, our plan has been used by several other jurisdictions in the region that have received the same type of MMU capability. Kudos to Informed for what you do!
I hope that your team continues to seek out the suggestions of the public safety community in developing field guides that can help us do our jobs every day and train our staff."
Emergency Management Planner Arlington Fire Department Office of Emergency Management