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Published September 29, 2011, 09:57 PM

Area EMTs get training with Mobile Medical Unit

Mahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - When will a large scale disaster hit? How bad will it be? These are questions medical responders can’t always answer, but must be prepared for. So, to best be prepared for a disaster people in the medical field are getting state of the art training from a state of the art medical truck.

When will a large scale disaster hit? How bad will it be? These are questions medical responders can’t always answer, but must be prepared for. So, to best be prepared for a disaster people in the medical field are getting state of the art training from a state of the art medical truck.

Mark Jones has spent a lifetime in the medical field. Now working as an EMT in Warren, MN he knows disaster could strike his small town at any time.

Mark Jones – M.D. Warren, MN: "This is real, this is something we think about. We're prone to flooding. We're prone to severe weather. So it's real to us."

Learning from Dr. Jim Harris, Jones and other medical workers are getting schooled on just how to work this mobile medical unit. This medical truck is just like a state of the art hospital. It has a pharmacy, a lab, an X-ray station and 16 beds for patients in case of an emergency.

This semi is the only one of its kind in the 5 state area and was the only mobile medical truck in the country until a couple of years ago. Today for these self reliant people its keeping their communities independent in times of a disaster is what’s so important.

Dan Berg – Mobile Medical Unit: "The point of doing the training is to make it possible for the local licensed people, doctors, nurses, and local licensed people to be familiar with it."

It's keeping a community on its feet in times of need, is just what's bringing responders like Mark Jones together.

Mark Jones: "So if we can bring this in and keep our healthcare system rolling, it just keep the people safe, keeps then at home and keeps them healthy within their community."

Today’s training is part of a weekend long medical convention. The Mobile Medical Unit was stationed in Moorhead during the 2009 flood, but not used. It's also been used at events with big crowds like air shows and concerts.

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