Deployable rapid assembly shelter
DRASH is a portable, geodesic
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shelter that can be set up within minutes of arriving on site with no special tools. The structure is supported by composite struts. DHS Systems LLC handles all the manufacturing, maintenance, training and sales for these shelters.
DesignDRASH shelters have footprints from 109 sq ft (10.1 m²) up to 1250 sq ft (116.1 m²). Each DRASH shelter comes with flooring and ground covers manufactured from polyester
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to US military standards. DRASH also provides generators and trailers
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plus various accessories for the shelters themselves. Several of these accessories can be used to link shelters together. For transport or storage, the shelters pack down to less than 2% of its deployed size into a transport bag that can be stowed on a trailer or HMMWV. Teams of four to six can easily erect a shelter simply by pulling on the sides of the shelter and raising the shelter in designated "push points" on the shelter.
HistoryDHS Systems founder and CEO A. Jon Prusmack began building DRASH shelters more than 20 years ago after being inspired by pop-up geodesic domes he came across at trade shows. He founded the company in 1984 and DRASH shelters quickly started to be purchased by military units for use as command posts, tactical operations centers, communications centers, battalion aid stations, and forward surgical support stations.
In 2004, the Carlyle Group
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invested in DHS Systems and formed its new parent company DHS Technologies.
In 2009, it was reported that the company was working on a line of shelters that better matched power supply to demand.
The company also plans to begin incorporating a new energy efficient insulation barrier, insect repellents and a shelter that can protect sensitive equipment from electro-magnetic signals and radio frequency interference.
Military useThe United States Military and NATO are using DRASH shelters in place of the various tents and shelters used in the past. The Department of Defense
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has awarded DRASH several contracts.
Most notably, in 2008, the U.S. Army contracted DRASH manufacturer DHS Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation
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to provide a family of trailer-mounted support systems under its Standard Integrated Command Post System (SICPS) program. Under the contract, DHS is manufacturing DRASH shelters, while Northrop will be responsible for program management and integrated logistics support.
DRASH shelters have been deployed extensively since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
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. DRASH is also currently in use with troops stationed around the world, including the Third Army
United States Army Central
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in Kuwait, and Joint Task Force Bravo
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's Mobile Surgical Team in Honduras
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DRASH has logistics
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teams on site in Iraq
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and Eastern Europe
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. These teams do all of the repair and support work for the shelters, generators and trailers.
Civilian useHurricane Katrina
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caused a surge of interest in DRASH shelters. In Louisiana
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, an emergency medical team used a DRASH shelter as a mobile hospital. In Mississippi, DRASH shelters were used as living quarters for the State Police aiding victims of the disaster.
Since then, DRASH shelters have been deployed following hurricanes across the Gulf region, as well as for other civilian operations around the country.
In 2006, the state of Connecticut
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dedicated a DRASH field hospital
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to a victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks
2001 anthrax attacks
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DRASH shelters were also used by the National Guard during the October 2007 California Wildfires, Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management and the state’s Department of Public Health following the 2010 Connecticut power plant explosion
2010 Connecticut power plant explosion
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and Dell Children's Medical Center during the 2009 flu pandemic
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Additionally, international agencies have purchased DRASH to support emergency response. In the summer of 2009, the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
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purchased two DRASH mobile field hospitals to be deployed during large-scale emergencies.