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In 1989, GEMS converted a retired ambulance to a Field operations Unit to provide first aid and rehab for firefighters at the scene of a working fire, to be used at stand-by events, and to carry equipment and supplies in responding to a multiple injury, or Mass Casualty Incident (“MCI”).

In assessing the usage of a special operations unit, it was determined that this unit would need to be a multi purpose vehicle to meet the needs at the scene of a major incident: EMS Command, rehabilitation and medical treatment for first responders, field communications, and equipment and supplies for triage and treatment of multiple victims.

GEMS MCI/Special Operations Unit will be available for use at working fires, multiple casualty scenes, Hazardous Material scenes, special police operations scenes requiring medical back-up for GPD personnel, and can also provide generator power to GEMS computer and phone system during a power failure.

In July 2008 as part of the Special Operations Unit, GEMS purchased a Polaris 4X4 Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). The UTV is utilized to reach locations other emergency vehicles are unable to access, particularly in the case of off road rescues, bad weather and fire scenes.

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