TMSS Medium deployed at American Red Cross Blood Drive

HUNTSVILLE, AL DHS Systems LLC, a military and disaster-relief shelter manufacturer who operates a major facility in Tanner was on hand to assist the American Red Cross by providing them with a TMSS Medium for their annual blood drive this past Saturday. The drive, which was held in conjunction with the Soul Stock concert, took place at Point Mallard Park in Decatur.

Set up within minutes, the DRASH TMSS Medium is based on the company’s core product line of Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) systems, trusted for more than 25 years by military personnel and first-responders for use around the globe. Part of the U.S. Army’s Standard Integrated Command Post System (SICPS), the TMSS Medium is a mobile, quick erect/strike system that integrates shelter, mobility, environmental control and power in one complete package. The TMSS Medium was provided at the request of the American Red Cross and they used it to process donors. The system also provided an area of refuge to keep donors cool and comfortable before and after giving blood.  

Over 80 participants turned out to donate blood at this year’s event, which is estimated to be up about 20% from last year’s drive. “We would like to thank DHS Systems for their assistance,” said Evan Duffy, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Alabama-Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “The Alabama heat is stifling this time of year. The climate-controlled waiting and registration area at this blood drive gave our donors the best possible opportunity to have a great donation experience,”Duffy went on to say.

Logistics Technician for DHS Systems, Jason Kerr, who was also on hand for the blood drive reported, “that event organizers were pleased with their workspace and we were able to give them the capabilities to move more donors in and out in a way that supported the blood drive’s requirements.”

Donating blood is important. Blood given by volunteer donors is critical to our healthcare system in meeting the daily needs of hospital patients, as well as in responding to disasters that can strike at any time. To learn more about giving blood in your neighbor please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.