Mobile emergency treatment facility in a 30-tonne truck

​A new mobile treatment facility can rapidly be deployed to major accidents and supplement ordinary emergency services at large popular events.

On Friday 13 October 2017, the Capital Region of Denmark’s emergency medical services inaugurated two large mobile treatment facilities that can be deployed for major incidents involving many casualties.  

Each treatment facility comprises a 17-metre-long, 30-tonne truck and two large tents. Together they make up 130 square metres of treatment facility under cover, with room to treat up to 40 patients at the same time. 

The facilities are crewed by medical specialists, medical assistants and ambulance personnel from the emergency medical services. 

This is an important upgrade for the region’s emergency medical services, so that they can now manage critical situations with many casualties who need life-saving treatment before being transported to hospital. 

Rapid response

The mobile treatment facilities ensure that, in the event of a major accident, the emergency medical services at the Capital Region of Denmark can treat patients rapidly and in safety at the scene of the accident, irrespective of weather and  other conditions. 

“Time is critical for life-threatening injuries. When the number of casualties exceeds ambulance capacity, there’s a need to be able to perform life-saving treatment at the accident scene instead of in the ambulance on the way to hospital".

"In light of the general security situation in Europe at the moment, we’ve upgraded our equipment in the area. In the past, we’ve relied on treatment equipment from the Danish Emergency Management Agency and Hovedstadens Beredskab, and we have very good cooperation with both these organisations". 

"However, now we’ve got modern equipment that we can deploy very rapidly,” said Peter Berlac, a medical manager at the emergency medical services.

Supplement to usual emergency services

The new mobile facilities can be mobilised within a few minutes and made ready to receive patients for treatment within 15 minutes of arriving at an accident scene. This means that the region can secure a much more rapid response at the accident scene and optimal conditions for patients and personnel. 

The treatment facilities are not just for use in sudden emergency situations, they can also be used to supplement ambulance services at large planned events such as Distortion, Copenhagen Marathon, rock festivals and so on. 

“I’m extremely pleased that we now have our own treatment facilities. They can also help support safety at major popular events. I’m happy that we now have a modern and flexible solution that means we can all feel a little safer. Of course we hope that we never have to use them in earnest,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats), Chairman of the Regional Council. 

For more information, contact:

  • Peter Berlac, Specialist Medical Manager at the emergency medical services at the Capital Region of Denmark, mobile: +45 40 44 28 10
  • Sophie Hæstorp Andersen Danish Social Democrats), Chairman of the Regional Council, Capital Region of Denmark, via the press office, tel.: +45 70 20 95 88

Facts about the mobile treatment facilities

  • How many patients can be treated at any one time?

    Up to 40 individuals

  • What equipment is carried?

    30 stretchers and 16 stretcher-beds on wheels Oxygen, defibrillator, 2 high-pressure tents, each of 46 m2. The following are also in stock: Various materials including bandages, slings, tourniquets, etc. 

  • How much does it weigh?

    30 tonnes

  • How long, high and wide is it?

    16.5 metres long, 4.00 metres high and 2.55 metres wide. It also has two high-pressure tents that can be folded out, each measuring 46 m2.

  • What size is the engine?

    430 HP

  • Who will be driving it?

    Medical assistants from the emergency medical services at the Capital Region of Denmark. 

  • What will it be used for when it isn’t in action?

    It can be a supplement to ambulance services at large planned events such as Distortion, Copenhagen Marathon, rock festivals and so on.

  • How quickly can it be deployed?

    6-8 minutes in addition to folding out the tents.

  • Is there water, heating and electricity?

    There is a toilet, kitchen, fan, underfloor heating and air conditioning. Electricity comes from a 18 KW diesel generator fitted to the truck.

  • Are there similar vehicles in Denmark or Scandinavia?

    No, not for this purpose.

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