Tippecanoe County's two future mobile units

The Tippecanoe County Health Department is using extra funds to build a mobile needle exchange unit and an additional mass casualty trailer.

Posted: Apr. 16, 2018 6:50 PM
Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 9:11 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Health Department is creating two mobile units. One will be used for the needle exchange program and health clinics. The other is designed for mass casualty situations.

For months, the health department has been looking for a mobile unit suitable for the syringe exchange program.

Staff members say it needs separate rooms, air conditioning, and heating as well as a restroom.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Ryan Tennessen said they're still looking for a proper mobile exchange unit but the mass casualty one should be ready by June.

We asked how common a mass casualty trailer is for an area this size.

"Like a large interstate crash," said Tennessen. "Maybe a tour bus rollover or just a large pile-up of vehicles where we need a lot of EMS response equipment to the scene quickly."

Tennessen said most counties do have similar units.

He said the Tippecanoe County Health Department was fortunate enough to have extra funds to build one this year.

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