In response to an RFP in 2005, Guild Associates, Inc. developed MIRCS for the United States Army to provide mortuary service capabilities throughout the world. Structurally, the MIRCS is an ISO frame, with sides that lower essentially extending the base. A softwall is then deployed to create walls and the ceiling for the expanded area. Guild Associates' design allows for storage of 16 remains in addition to space for processing and administrative work. Remains are kept between 34 and 36°F while meeting mortuary standards for air quality. In transport mode the MIRCS dimensions are nominally 20' x 8' x 8' with corner fittings to meet ISO standards for intermodal container shipment.
When deployed, the enclosed area is almost triple the transport size. MIRCS can be deployed while on the ground or while mounted on a HEMTT or trailer (using leg extensions). With operating temperatures ranging from -20 to +125°F and an operating altitude of up to 7,500 ft, MIRCS can be deployment in most major cities year around. The hydraulic-assisted lift system allows the platforms to be raised quickly, easily and safely. MIRCS also comes with temporary remains shelter which provides a private place to store remains prior to processing. The complete MIRCS system can be setup in about 30 minutes by two trained people.
Transport-Ready MIRCS - In the fully-packed configuration, the MIRCS is ready for transport via intermodal transportation, and is ruggedized for helicopter transport.
Arial view of Fully Deployed MIRCS - When fully deployed, the working area is nearly 3x the area of the shipping configuration.
Remains Storage Area - The MIRCS can hold up to 16 remains under the tight US mortuary standards for both temperature control and air exchange, while the outside conditions can vary from -20°F to 120°F.
Ruggedized for Helicopter Transport - The MIRCS system is fully compatible with ISO Intermodal Transportation Standards, as well as DoD standards for helicopter and air transport.