Air Force Medical Group Uses “EMT Rodeo” For Challenging Training

Every team was a mix of military and civilians EMS personnel.


 
 

TECH. SGT. STACY FOWLER, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs | | Thursday, February 23, 2012


SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) - Being deployed overseas can sometimes be challenging for an emergency medical technician, especially since there could be situations that one wouldn't normally see on city streets in the U.S.

This is why the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group developed the EMT Rodeo, which creates various challenges EMTs might face in a deployed location, in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 18.

"These challenges were put together by our most experienced medics from all the units involved," said Master Sgt. Michel Forbes, 386th Expeditionary Medical Squadron flight chief. "The EMT Rodeo sharpens National Registry Emergency Technician's skills, as well as combat medic skills, in a joint training environment with Army, Navy and Air Force medics, firefighters, and first responders from all over the country."

The rodeo provided a well-rounded, realistic group of eight scenarios which could take place anywhere in the world at any time, said Forbes, a Niceville, Fla., native deployed from the 96th Medical Operations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Every team was a mix of military and civilians, because the different services and the civilian and military sectors have slight differences in how they do business, said Master Sgt. Troy Christman, Fire and Emergency Medical Services liaison at the 387th Expeditionary Support Squadron.

"We had enough similarity to work together well, but there were enough differences to make things interesting," said Christman, a New Tripoli, Penn., native deployed from the 193th Special Operations Wing, Harrisburg, Penn. "For example, my team had Navy, Army and Air Force medics and two firefighters. We each had an area of expertise we could step forward and lead on, and then we could step back and follow when someone else had the expertise in a particular area."

Overall, the Rodeo built camaraderie among first responders and gave all an opportunity to both sharpen their pre-hospital life saving skills while learning from each other's strengths and weaknesses.

"The Rodeo challenged this group of first responders in the field, while working together and providing 40 of our young Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and civilian counterparts with invaluable medical care experience in HAZMAT (hazardous materials), water rescue, vehicle extrication, and trauma and combat rescue techniques," Forbes said. "This experience should pay dividends for years to come as they draw on this training in future missions around the world."



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