In an emergency situation, it takes about 1-2 hours to fully set up the mobile unit, which includes two bays – 600 square foot and 300 square foot – with a 580-square-foot entrance.
According to Lamar County Emergency Management Quincy Blount, part of the mobile unit has already been used for a drive-thru shot clinic.
The mobile unit has two large generators and two trailers, alongside multiple full-size AC units. The unit also provides a decontamination unit, which can decontaminate multiple patients at once, and also be converted into a shower tent.
Blount said the unit can provide sleeping accommodations for extended operations, or part of it can be set up to protect from the weather during other situations.
The unit is a part of Lamar County’s resources but can be sent out to help other areas if and when it’s needed.
The mobile unit was designed with help from Paris Regional Medical Center, Lamar, Hopkins, Delta county and Reno and Paris Emergency Managements, alongside Paris Health Department, City of Paris EMS and Lamar County Volunteer Firefighter Association.
“We all worked together to build a system that would best serve Lamar County, its citizens and the surrounding areas,” Blount said.