DRASH is deployed by all branches of the US Military and by the armed forces of Australia, Austria, Germany, Israel, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Non-Department of Defense and commercial customers include the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Crisis Response Unit and Evidence Recovery Teams, the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the National Disaster Medical System, and many Federal and State government offices in the United States.
Currently, there are more than 17,000 shelters and over 7,500 trailers in service around the globe with the U.S. Military and NATO. Listed below are a few recent deployments that have made the news:
Flooding in Brazil
Brazilian Army, June 2010
The Brazilian Army set up a DRASH field hospital to treat flood victims and prevent the spread of disease after heavy flooding slammed the country in June 2010. See Media Coverage.
Chile Earthquake Relief
O'Higgins Region of Chile, June 2010
On June 16, 2010, DRASH manufacturer DHS Technologies LLC announced it would be donating a shelter to Chile's O'Higgins Region to support rebuild efforts following an earthquake that struck the country in February. Read full article.
Haiti Earthquake Relief
U.S. Military, January 2010
Several U.S. military units brought SICPS TMSS Systems and other DRASH shelters and support equipment to support relief efforts in Haiti following the massive earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010. See Media Coverage.
Assault Command Post
Third Army, January 2010
Third Army set up DRASH shelters as part of its newest command and control element - the Assailt Command Post - on January 10, 2010 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. See Media Coverage.
JTF-Bravo Mobile Surgical Team Exercise
JTF Bravo, December 2009
On December 10, 2009, Joint Task Force-Bravo’s Mobile Surgical Team treated several “patients” during a training exercise at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. During the exercise, members of the team set up DRASH Shelters as mobile field hospitals, complete with all the medical equipment needed to treat patients from the field. See Media Coverage.
Flood in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Civil Defense Forces, November 2009
many residents in desperate need of medical care after heavy rains slammed the country’s southeastern region, Brazilian civilian defense forces set up two DRASH TMSS Medium Systems as a medical clinic in Belford Roxo, a town about 45 minutes away from Rio de Janeiro’s metro area. Read full article.
NY National Guard, October 2009
Guardsmen deployed several DRASH Shelters during a Vigilant Guard exercise held in western New York on November 1-6, 2009. Read full article.
Capital Shield 10
JTF CAPMED, October 2009
Responders were faced with various scenarios that required search and rescue, debris removal and mass casualty evacuations during this year’s exercise, which was held in Lorton, Virginia on October 13-15. Members of Joint Task Force National Capital Regional Medical set up a DRASH TMSS Medium System as a medical aid station. Read full article.
Madison County Health Department, November 2009
On November 4th, the Madison County Health Department in Indiana set up two DRASH Shelters as part of a drive-thru H1N1 vaccination clinic. Read full article.
Dell Children's Medical Center, September 2009
Two DRASH MX Shelters were recently deployed as medical surge facilities by Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas to treat an influx of patients during the H1N1 pandemic. Read full article.
General Atomics, August 2009
Two DRASH Trailer Mounted Support System (TMSS) Large Systems were recently deployed to Iraq to be used as a mobile maintenance facility for General Atomics’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Predator. Read full article.
Iron Triangle 2009
3rd (UK) Division, May 2009
More than 100 DRASH Shelters served as work areas, sleeping facilities and food stations during Iron Triangle 2009. Read full article.
Brazil’s Department of Health and Civil Defense, February 2009
Outfitted with state-of-the-art striker beds, monitors and fibulators, a DRASH TMSS Medium System was deployed near the entrance of the Sambódromo to treat performers suffering from such ailments as heat exhaustion. Read full article.
Fuerzas Aliades Panamax Exercise
Texas National Guard’s 36th ID, October 2008
Six TMSS Medium and 4 TMSS Large systems supported the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division at Soto Cano AB, Honduras during the Fuerzas Aliades Panamax exercise. Read full article.
City of New Orleans, September 2008
As part of the City of New Orleans’ Office of Emergency Preparedness response effort during Hurricane Gustav, the City deployed DRASH systems to various parts of the city. Read full article.
Democratic National Convention
Civil Support Teams and CBRNE-CERFP teams, August 2008
DRASH Shelters, including a large scale decon shelter, were used for command and control functions, as well as to assist in any possible chemical or biological attack during the event. Read full article.
Texas National Guard’s SJIATF, July 2008
The TX SJIATF deployed DRASH Shelters as part of relief efforts before and during Hurricane Dolly. Read full article.
TX SJIATF Tactical Operations Command (TOC) Exercise
Texas National Guard’s SJIATF, May 2008
The Texas National Guard’s Standing Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (SJIATF) performed its first tactical operations command (TOC) exercise using DRASH command and control shelters. Read full article.
Mardi Gras Urgent Care Clinics
City of New Orleans, February 2008 and 2009
DRASH shelter systems are deployed as urgent and medical care clinics during the week leading up to the 2008 New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations. Read full article.
Bright Star 2007
New York National Guard's 42nd ID and USARCENT, November 2007
DRASH shelters and equipment are used as CORPS tactical operations centers, entry control points, changing tents, storage tents and cooling tents during an international joint exercise held in Cairo, Egypt designed to challenge senior leaders and staff in the command and control of combat forces operating jointly. Read full article.
National Guard, October 2007
DRASH shelter systems acted as headquarter facilities, grievance shelters and security hubs for the National Guard during a massive wildfire event in San Diego County, California that consumed more than 516,000 acres. Read full article.
Red Dragon Exercise
Army Reserve, August 2006 and August 2007
DRASH decontamination systems are used during a joint military and civilian exercise to simulate and evaluate the Army Reserve's readiness to handle a catastrophe of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and CBRNE nature.
Golden Medic Annual Joint Medical Exercise
U.S. Army and Air Force, June 2007
DRASH systems were used during the Golden Medic exercise held at Fort Gordon, GA as command posts and sleeping quarters for the 8th Medical Brigade, the Medical Readiness and Training Command and the 402nd Forward Surgical Team. Read full article.
Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition
Extreme Everest Expedition Team, May 2007
Several DRASH shelters are carried up to Everest Base Camp (17,388 feet) to use as medical research laboratories and sleeping quarters for members of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. The expedition was formed to test the rigors of altitude-induced lack of oxygen on the human body. The DRASH shelters passed all of the tests with flying colors. See Photo Gallery.
Team Yankee Disaster Simulation
Connecticut Department of Public Health, May 2007
Medical Specialists from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island held a hurricane simulation exercise called Team Yankee utilizing Connecticut's quickly-deployable DRASH 100-bed mobile field hospital. The hospital provides bed surge capacity, isolation capacity and an emergency/disaster medicine training facility for both the civilian and military healthcare delivery workforce. See Local Media Coverage.
Vigilant Guard Disaster Exercises
State National Guards, April 2007 and 2008
DRASH systems are regularly used during Vigilant Guard disaster response exercises as sleeping areas, command and operations tents and press briefing tents. See Media Coverage.
Best Ranger Competition
Fort Benning, GA, April 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
DHS Systems has continuously supported the annual Best Ranger competition, regularly donating shelters and DRASH system technical expertise to this grueling three-day competition. See Photo Gallery.
Pakistan Relief Efforts
NYC Medics, January 2006
In early 2006, NYC Medics, a not-for-profit organization of volunteer physicians and paramedics brought three DRASH 6XB shelters to Northern Pakistan to use as hospital facilities in the wake of the 2005 South Asian Earthquake. See Media Coverage in People Magazine.
Hurricane Katrina Support
Mississippi State Police, National Guard, FBI, ATFB, 13th Core Support Command, 14th CSH, JTF Katrina's 93rd Signal Brigade, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 621st AMOG, August - September 2005
DRASH systems were used as command and control centers and life support areas for more than 1,000 emergency response personnel during one of the United States' largest natural disaster events.