2019-01-09 / Local News

EMA Director plans for a ‘mass casualty’ trailer

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Carroll County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Mike Fincher has designs for Carroll County to own a trailer outfitted with body bags and other necessary items for a mass casualty. Fincher told the Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC) Jan. 3 he has submitted a grant to the Health Care Coalition for a self-contained “Mass Casualty Trailer” and has bids from three vendors for the purchase. He said if the grant is not funded by the group, he may purchase a trailer from the department’s county budget and outfit it himself.

“One way or another, I’m going to get that danged trailer,” Fincher told the advisory council members.

Fincher advised the group there are three inactive funds in the county budget that contains a total of $7,150.54. He said he has not been able to discover how the funds can be used but said he is working on the issue.

No mention was made at the meeting about the emergency supplies trailer already owned by the county under the control of the EMA Director and the Emergency Preparedness trailer managed by the Carroll County Health Department.

Fincher said there will be a National Weather Service Storm Spotter training at the Delphi Tri-Township Fire Territory building, located at the corner of Union and Main streets in Delphi, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

Fincher said an as yet unformed “planning team” for the All Hazard Mitigation Plan will meet to update the five-year plan Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. In addition, the Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC) will have an initial meeting Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. No location information was provided for either meeting.

The EMAC meets quarterly. The next meeting will be April 11 at 2 p.m. in Room 209 on the second floor of the county courthouse.

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