Air Force Tests New CBRN-Protective Liner for Mobile Medical Tent System

EMEDS Expeditionary Medical Tents with CBRN Protective Liners
New Expeditionary Medical Systems equipment is displayed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 20, 2018. Credit: Monica Roybal

New Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) collective protection tent system components were recently put to the test during an Air Force exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, on June 20.

During the event, Airmen employed the new Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) tent liner airlock system to create an over-pressurized environment that protects from CBRN agents.

EMEDS is a modular field hospital system developed by the U.S. military for mobile deployment of medical treatment facilities in any location. The toxic-free enclosure will enable medical personnel to work comfortably and efficiently while treating patients in a clean environment without having to wear full Mission Oriented Protective Posture.

“Anyone who has been out there doing an exercise on a hot day in the summer, or even a cold day in the winter, knows how terrible it can be after wearing chemical protective equipment for even a short period of time,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Ben Schumacher, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center CBRNE protective systems program manager. “There is also an increased risk of exposing or contaminating others, including patients, due to fatigue or stress of trying to operate while wearing chemical protective equipment.”

Prior to the demonstration, a select group of Airmen from the 633rd Medical Support Squadron attended training to learn the new components and discern which parts can be used interchangeably with the Tent Kit 2 units and the Stand Alone Large units.

Airmen understanding the tent models and how to incorporate components with existing infrastructure in the field was a crucial element for exercise.

“Collective protection is a part of every major wartime scenario,” said Schumacher. “With the training and equipment exhibited during this exercise, we can be ready to protect the medical mission during an attack, and this can directly result in saving lives.”

Results from the demonstration will impact medical decisions for Air Force collective protection systems and aid in Airman readiness in a deployed environment.

Story adapted from original by Monica Roybal, 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs.

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