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DHS Systems Provides Demo of Deployable Shelter In May

April 27, 2011  | 

DHS Systems will offer demonstrations of its Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) at its Alabama facility in mid-May, according to the company.

The DRASH is ideal for assembling a surgical suite in just one hour that is capable of delivering life-saving care to both wounded soldiers near enemy lines or seriously-injured civilians after a natural disaster. It's also well suited for a large train derailment or some other CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) incident where a decontamination facility needs to be immediately operational to save lives and provide incident mitigation, according to the company.

The DRASH will be on display from May 10-11, by shelter manufacturer DHS Systems LLC.

"The DRASH shelter solutions are not the same tents you see when you watch an old MASH episode," according to Brad Stobb, Regional Support Manager. "These shelters are the kinds you would see on a TV show like Modern Marvels. DRASH shelter systems are the most innovative solutions available on the market right now. They are very versatile and can be rapidly deployed for a wide array of applications and that's what we will be demonstrating. We are constantly improving our solutions to meet the mission needs of soldiers and first-responders."

Also on display will be a complete solution for Homeland Response Forces (HRFs), an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) maintenance facility, Intelligent Power Technology (IPT) Trailers, Deployable Command and Control Equipment (DC2E), several decontamination systems and numerous other soft-walled shelter systems at the company's second annual capabilities demonstration. The event, which will be held near DHS's manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama, will be attended by delegations of military officials and first-responders from around the United States. Additionally, overseas military officials and the DRASH representatives of DHS Systems International will be in attendance. Members of the press are also invited to attend.

Many of the solutions on display are based on the company's line of Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) systems that has been trusted by the Department of Defense (DoD), medical, other governmental agencies and civilian first-responders for over 25 years. Part of the U.S. Army's Standard Integrated Command Post System (SICPS) and currently fielded by the U.S. Army's Forward Surgical Teams, DRASH is a mobile, quick erect/strike shelter system that integrates shelter, power environmental control, and command and control equipment in one highly mobile system solution and can be customized to meet specific mission requirements for soldiers and first-responders.

DHS Systems LLC (DRASH) will unveil their latest total system solution specifically designed to address the needs of HRFs. The DoD recognized the need for HRFs after conducting its 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.  Expected to be established in each of the country's ten Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions over the next couple of years, HRFs will provide command and control over multiple National Guard assets to ensure a faster and more effective response following a major natural disaster or terrorist incident or some other CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) incident.

Several shelters will also be outfitted with Deployable Command and Control Equipment (DC2E) - a line of audio and visual equipment that joins various feeds of real-time information to create a common operating picture. This allows decision makers on the battlefield or incident scene the ability to effectively and safely coordinate and track appropriate resources.

DHS Systems will be unveiling a new solution for power generation in the tactical environment. Unlike a traditional generator, which has been a huge consumer of fuel, DRASH Intelligent Power Technology (IPT) is an emerging technology that greatly enhances expeditionary power generation needs while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption.

The DRASH capabilities demonstration will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11. DHS Systems is located at 401 Lime Quarry Road in Madison, Ala.

Tags: First Responders, Reeves, Emergency Management

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