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Cabell EMS Keeps Oxygen Flowing Through Power Outages

Reported by: Send eMail Sean DeLancey
Reported: Jun. 12, 2014 9:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 10:52 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Power loss can be more dangerous for some than others.

People dependent on oxygen canisters to breathe often find themselves in a desperate situation when the lights go out, as was the case for 20,000 people following a big storm Tuesday night.

Cabell County EMS and the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security have a new piece of equipment, called MOGS-100, that can alleviate problems for oxygen users.

Gordon Merry, director of Cabell County EMS, said the MOGS-100 filters the air and stores pure oxygen in canisters. MOGS-100 can be moved anywhere in the state in a matter of hours to help people breathe.

"This is not intended for one individual," Merry said, "this is intended for a disaster, for a large area. Like the derecho."

MOGS-100 can also be attached to small clinics that have lost power. It can provide oxygen for the entire building until power is restored.

Until a disaster like the derecho strikes again, the oxygen machine will fill all 150 O2 canisters Cabell County emergency personnel use.



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