Readers of the succession of subjects below will step between: on the one hand – outputs from the evolving technical research practitioner based items, and on the other – descriptions of the more eclectic hands-on events which in part inform the technical. Including the tasks in both response and recovery to adverse events on communities.
On 19th September 2018, the SA Veterinary Emergency Management agency carried out a combined team training and community outreach. Based around activation of its CovertexNZ Air Shelter demountable field hospital. Carried out on the ‘last resort refuge’ site of Weymouth Oval at Coromandel Valley.
The event was instigated by an enquiry months earlier from His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC Governor of South Australia and Mrs. Le.
They attended the September event, as did CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton. The Coromandel Valley CFS brigade contributed a 34 unit and crew. Simon Hackett, MD for the Hackett Foundation, sponsor of the field hospital, attended. As did Skye Kakoschke-Moore representing Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie. The day was supported by the Coromandel Valley Community Centre, their staff and Board. Attendees included representation for PIRSA, some Onkaparinga Council elected and staff, some media and public.
The event was run by 14 SAVEM volunteers covering the official party support and active field hospital erect/dismantle programme. Coromandel Community Centre provided afternoon refreshments.
The relevance to this built environment web presence, beyond Emilis as Logistics for SAVEM, is to remind us that solutions don’t always come in bricks&mortar. The Air Shelter is proven in military and refugee applications as functional for extended periods and flexible uses.
In the disaster response role, the potential is to be in-place quickly in distant/remote locations and where local resources have been destroyed – to be able to provide support to local communities at the beginning of the journey back to full functionality.