When Bluewater Health requested Sarnia’s Office of Emergency Management establish a secondary site for patient care, they were likely unaware of how many people would work to accomplish the project. The field hospital needed space and beds, but it also required fabrication and installation of industrial stainless steel dividers, a sufficient power source, and many ancillary items such as curtains and bedding.
The generosity of the President of Labour Council, Jason McMichael and a multitude of helpers got the job done. Toolrite Engineering and Rock Technical Services designed and fabricated the steel dividers, and their installation was coordinated with in-kind support from LiUNA Local 1089 tradespeople. Rick Perdeaux of Toolrite Engineering says it was a team effort, “We expedited the design and work for this project, and it all came together thanks to so many caring and generous people in our community.”
If a field hospital needs to be deployed in the future, it can be mobilized quickly. Two enclosed tractor trailers were purchased for storage and transport. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says mobilizing the field hospital is a great example of community collaboration, “It shows that together we can do so much. We hope we will not have to use this facility, but we take comfort in knowing it is available and on standby.”
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand