Canadian Designed Hospital-In-A-Box Fits Inside Chinook Helicopters and Can Be Set Up Anywhere to Save Lives

VANCOUVER — One of the many dangers in today’s humanitarian or military operations is the exposure of helicopters and their aircrews when flying into hostile environments with vital high-value equipment slung under the aircraft, making them easier targets. With an under-slung load, the CH-47 Chinook helicopter’s Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) is effectively redundant and the full flight envelope compromised when flying in challenging terrain. In the past, it has led to damage to aircraft and this high-value, life-saving equipment being released and destroyed when in mid-flight, delaying medical care to troops and civilians. In response, Weatherhaven has developed the innovative Tactical Redeployable Expanding Container Capability (TRECC) system of shelters that can fit inside the body of a CH-47 and be flown at high speed to emergencies. The TRECC will be launched at one of the world’s largest defence and security shows in September at London’s DSEi 2011. For over 15 years, Weatherhaven has been at the forefront of expandable containerized shelters that are used from the Arctic to Antarctica and from the Amazon to Africa. he new TRECC system consists of modular units that can be shrunk in size and are lightweight enough to transport inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter (TRECC-H, Helicopter variant), or on the back of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) (TRECC-V, Vehicle variant). The TRECC-H has a payload volume of 11.8 cu m (418 cu ft), enough space to stow a medical triage unit, which incorporates the latest fibre-optic communications technology. When the helicopter lands, the TRECC can be deployed within minutes. The roof rises to eight feet and the sides unfold to provide...