New disaster response trailer coming to Carter Co.

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

ARDMORE, OK - From earthquakes to tornadoes to major accidents, the Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service will soon be even more prepared to deal with large scale disasters, thanks to a new high tech piece of equipment.

The Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service is the only ambulance service in Ardmore, and executive director Bob Hargis said they will now be ready for a variety of major disasters that could happen in the area.

"We could use it for tornado season if there were an event, we could use it for a large car pileup, we could use it for an explosion. There's so many different things where multiple patients are involved, industrial accidents things like that, anything where a lot of people are hurt at the same time," said Hargis.

Hargis said Carter and Murray are the only two counties in southern Oklahoma to have a trailer this big.

"We are excited about it because if we have a major event we don't have to call outside resources in. This trailer can serve up to fifty patients. We don't have to wait for help from the outside. We've got it here," said Hargis.

Ardmore City Manger J.D. Spohn said Ardmore needed the trailer because it's the largest city in the southern part of the state up and down Interstate 35, where major accidents could occur.

"Tractor trailer incidents or a large multiple car incident on I-35, it's going to take a lot of resources. This trailer gives them a lot of medical supplies that we can certainly use on a large scale incident," said Spohn.

Hargis says the trailer costs about $43,000, and It is being paid for by a grant from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, which recognized the need for statewide geographic distribution of mass casualty trailers.

"With these strategically placed around the state, we can actually get all the equipment we need in one place very quickly instead of it coming from one central location," said Spohn.

"The state is trying to get each area prepared for any major crisis so we can use it in our area if we have an event or we can take it to another area, and trailers can be combined for a larger event. It's just about getting everyone in the state prepared for any kind of crisis," said Hargis.

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