INNSWORTH -- Soldiers in Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) attended the British Army Team Medic Course (BATMC) on Imjin Barracks December 9-11 to train as first responders to provide casualty care to injured soldiers in a combat situation.
In most instances, a medic will go out with a platoon size element, but this medic course is designed to ensure that at least each squad has someone as a first responder. The BATMC will teach soldiers basic combat medical skills to improve the chances of survival on the battlefield.
Some of the areas that were covered during this course were: Care under fire, Triage, Airway, controlling bleeding and applying a tourniquet.
Injured soldiers require care which can only be provided in a hospital, however when soldiers are wounded in combat, the most immediate medical care available generally is given by other soldiers on the battlefield, most of whom are not combat medics.
"The three main areas of preventable combat deaths are bleeding out, lung collapse and airway blockage. Most of all combat deaths are due to these types of wounds,” said Sgt. Alistair Donaldson, BATMC instructor.
If the first responders can initially treat these wounds, it helps medics save more lives on the battlefield by enabling wounded soldiers to stay alive until medics can treat them he said.
"The most important thing to take away from this class is you follow the steps and the procedures you can make a difference,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Lynch, Air Missile and Defense Planner,(HQ ARRC). "It really comes down to staying calm and assessing the situation and doing what you have been taught.
In the final exercise of the course, soldiers broke into teams and practiced what they learned. As part of the hands-on training exercise, the students had to assess mannequins for injuries and provide the necessary treatment.
After completing the course, soldiers become more confident in their ability to keep their fellow soldiers alive if they are injured on the battlefield.
"I wouldn't say that I am as skilled as a medic, but I can say I am a little more prepared to provide medical assistance until a medic arrives,” said Lynch.
He said he is more confident now than before starting the class.
Additional notes for the Editor:
HQ ARRC is currently on stand-by for short-notice call-up and subsequent rapid deployment (5 days notice to move) in support of any potential NATO Response Force (NRF) mission that may develop during 2013.
The NRF is comprised of three parts: a command and control element from the NATO Command Structure; the Immediate Response Force, a joint force of about 13,000 high-readiness troops provided by Allies; and a Response Forces Pool, which can supplement the Immediate Response Force when necessary. The NRF traditionally comprises land, air and sea components provided by NATO members.
As an NRF Land Component Command, or LCC, the ARRC will essentially be in command of all land combat troops on the ground during an NRF deployment.
HQ ARRC is a NATO Rapid Deployment Corps headquarters, founded in 1992 in Germany, and headquartered in Gloucestershire since August 2010.
Although HQ ARRC's ‘framework nation' is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60% of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organization, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States).
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