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Seabees Improve Ramadi Medical Facility

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Story Number: NNS070625-08
Release Date: 6/25/2007 4:17:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Ronald Gutridge, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Public Affairs

RAMADI, Iraq (NNS) -- Four members from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 Delta Company constructed and installed two access doors at the Charlie Medical Facility at Camp Ramadi on June 22.

The doors were constructed from 3-inch wood with a steel reinforced frame. The doors were created so patients could be moved from one room to another inside the medical facility without being forced to go outside and around to another entrance and be exposed to the elements.

“This project is particularly important to me,” said Construction Electrician 3rd Class Andrew Miles. “Because of my work, I know that the wounded will not be exposed to unsanitary conditions while being moved.”

Delta Company worked through the night hours cutting through concrete walls using a gas powered rescue saw and welding the steel frames using the portable welding trailer. A short turnaround and maintaining a clean work environment were essential so that medical facility operations would be disrupted as little as possible. After each evolution of the project, NMCB 4’s Seabees thoroughly cleaned the workspace.

“We had to design exhaust ports leading out of the building for the power saw exhaust and the fumes from the welding,” said Steelworker Constructionman Siamac Moghaddam. “We also had to clean after every cut we made.”

Even though Delta Company faced numerous challenges, which included changes to the door design and their location while also working around the arrival and treatment of wounded, the team completed the project well within the time available.

“The Seabees of Delta Team showed dedication to this project,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jason Yurek, Charlie Medical’s night shift officer in charge. “They had to delay their work for more than two hours because of a patient evacuation and still completed the task for that night.”

NMCB 4 is part of nearly 1,100 Sailors and Marines supporting critical construction efforts in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.



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