NZMAT earn World Health Organization (WHO) classification with Covertex Major Incident AirShelter (MIAS)

October 28, 2017

Covertex are delighted that the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) have earned World Health Organization classification as a Type 1 Mobile and Fixed Outpatients Emergency Medical Team, becoming the 13th team worldwide to achieve the standard.

NZMAT can be deployed to support local health services in the event of a major emergency within New Zealand or the south-west Pacific.

Key to NZMAT’s infrastructure is the Covertex Major Incident AirShelter. Designed for emergency and disaster response operations, the range of AirShelters provides first and second responders with a highly robust inflatable structure that is rapid to deploy for use in diverse climates and conditions.

NZMAT’s new emergency shelter features a series of interconnecting sections for triage, maternity, resuscitation, a 10-stretcher observation ward, and a pharmacy. There’s also storage, and an administrative command and control area. It carries sufficient equipment and medical supplies to treat 1400 people in two weeks.

it can be erected in just 90 minutes and arranged in different configurations depending on the space available and needs. Compact and lightweight, it is easy to transport and gives great flexibility for the team to respond to different emergencies in remote locations.

Key design features include:
– Shelter to shelter joining to expand facilities
– Large 6m internal space with skylight roof panel and 3m high ceiling
– Heat ventilation chutes to reduce the build-up of hot air and moisture

See the interactive AirShelter walkthrough

See NZMAT AirShelter set-up

Learn more about Covertex solutions
Major Incident AirShelter

For 30 years, Covertex have been designing and manufacturing engineered fabric solutions for rapid deployment and fluid containment. Covertex solutions are used in over 20 countries by emergency response and humanitarian agencies including St John, New Zealand Fire Service, New Zealand Police, Queensland Ambulance Service, NZ/Australian/Taiwanese and Malaysian Hospitals, Singapore Civil Defence, New Zealand Red Cross and recently NZMAT.

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