Coast Guard medical experts participate in Cascadia Rising 2016

Members of the Coast Guard mobile medical unit West participate in a simulated medical evacuation during Cascadia Rising exercise at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Washington on June 9, 2016. The mobile medical unit is a fast response emergency medical platform that can deploy to highly impacted areas during a disaster. The mobile medical unit is operated under the Coast Guard’s readiness contingency for emergency response. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

Members of the Coast Guard mobile medical unit West participate in a simulated medical evacuation during Cascadia Rising exercise at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Washington on June 9, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley.

SEATTLE — Members of the Coast Guard Mobile Medical Unit-West participated in a simulated medical evacuation during Cascadia Rising exercise at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Washington, Thursday.

The mobile medical unit is a fast response emergency medical platform that can deploy to highly impacted areas during a disaster.

The Coast Guard mobile medical unit maintains an immediate readiness status while capable of self sustaining operations for up to two weeks.  The unit is manned during operations by one physician assistant, two health services technicians and one mechanical engineer.  The unit can deploy to any location experiencing impacts from natural disasters or areas of pandemic.

The mobile medical unit is comprised of two large triage tents, necessary medical equipment, self-sustaining generators, and networking infrastructures. The mobile medical unit is operated under the Coast Guard’s readiness contingency for emergency response.

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