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Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU)


As the complexity of disaster response increases, it is important that our client’s requirements are understood. As the only total solution source in the industry, PennCare provides a complete turnkey solution to forensic equipment and portable morgue units. We offer a complete solution for a field morgue with our DPMU unit or custom design a unit to meet your specific needs and price range. Take a look below and see what constitutes our DPMU series.

Our Disaster Portable Morgue Unit – DPMU – is a fully-equipped mobile morgue that supports specially trained teams to provide morgue support to a mass fatality event. The mobile morgue includes equipment for search and recovery, victim identification, DNA, fingerprints, photography, full body x-ray, digital dental exam and pathology. The victim identification services include using latent print, pathology, odontology, anthropology, and DNA methodologies; assistance with body processing, preparation and disposition.

Teams are organized on a regional basis throughout the US and consist of funeral directors, medical examiners, coroners, pathologists, forensic anthropologists, medical records technicians and transcribers, fingerprint specialists, forensic odontologists, dental assistants, x-ray technicians, mental health specialists, computer professionals, administrative support staff, and security and investigative personnel.



Packaging, Transport and Morgue Layout
Admitting and Photography
X-Ray and Anthropology
Pathology and Dental
Computer, Cleaning and Maintenance



The purpose of this document is to outline the organizational and operational concepts, responsibilities, of an agency to support mass fatalities incidents.

A. Scene Operations
Initial evaluation of incident fatalities
Fatality documentation
Human remains, evidence and personal effects recovery

B. Morgue Operations
Temporary remains storage
Forensic analysis of human remains to determine cause/manner of death

C. Ante-Mortem Data Management
Family assistance center operations (interviewing families, information collection for victim identification, other support services)

D. Victim Identification
Comparison of ante-mortem and post-mortem for victim identification (fingerprints, DNA, x-ray, dental, medical records, distinguishing features, etc.)

E. Final Disposition
Return of human remains and personal effects to families or the proper authority (medical examiner, sheriff) if family is not available
Determination of cause/manner of death
Positive identification