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County gets mobile morgue

Able to hold 32 bodies in event of emergency

It is a new addition to the county’s Emergency Management Agency that officials want never to have to put in operation.

It is a 32-body capacity mobile morgue and earlier this month first responders spent a work session practicing how to put it together.

“We would use it in something like a plane crash, terrorist attack or like that house fire on State Route 93 eight years ago,” Buddy Fry, Lawrence County EMS director, said.

There are eight four-body capacity racks with a refrigeration unit equal to a house two-ton air conditioning unit or 24,000 BTUs.

“It runs cold fluid through a piping system through each cooling bag,” Fry said.

The bodies would be placed in body bags and stored on the racks. Then the cooling units would be placed on top of the body bags.

“It breaks down and we can store it,” Fry said. “Preferably it could be stored in a trailer. We hope we never have to use it.”