Health & Safety

July 19, 2012

Air Guard medics rehearse crisis response

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Erich Smith
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cally Handa)
Tech. Sgt. Danny Watton and Tech. Sgt. Travis Davis, medical technicians from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Medical Group, transport a mock patient with a bi-lateral femur fracture from the emergency room to the ward in an Expeditionary Medical Support field hospital. The medical technicians were participating in “real world” exercises at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Michigan.

ALPENA, Mich. — When disaster strikes, Air National Guard medical teams are called upon to save lives. That’s why 47 members of the 162nd Medical Group from Tucson International Airport deployed here for Expeditionary Medical Support, or EMEDS, training at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center here, June 23-30.

The devastation of natural disasters, such as 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, present many humanitarian challenges. When fixed medical facilities and hospitals become overwhelmed or nonoperational as a result of the calamity, the National Guard plays a vital role in not only ensuring law and order and food distribution, but also provides much needed medical attention to the surrounding population.

The Arizona medics made the trip to northern Michigan to set up and operate from Alaskan Shelter Tent Systems – mobile hospitals with 25 available beds each. In true expeditionary style, seven members of the 162nd Force Support Squadron fed the group warm meals and boxed lunches from a containerized kitchen.

Tech. Sgt. Sam Chaney, a dental technician, described the temporary medical facilities as condensed, mini-hospitals, with labs, operating rooms, emergency rooms, intensive care units, forensics, logistics and a ward.

“If you can make it to an EMED tent, your rate of survival increases immensely,” said Chaney.

Training center inspectors observed the medical crew during the eight-day training period, evaluating their ability to handle critical situations that resulted from a host of scenarios including building fires, earthquakes and active shooters.

According to Lt. Col. Christine Rhodes, hospital administrator for the group, the cadre of inspectors assisted in identifying strengths and weaknesses while preparing them for deployments overseas or within the United States.

“They were looking to see if you can play the game in the real world as you do in training, addressing any shortfalls that exist during the mission,” said Rhodes.

The Arizona Guardsmen worked alongside three additional Air Guard medical groups for the common purpose of stabilizing patients before moving them on to the next echelon of care.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve...
 
 

D-M commander mixes it up with ‘The Morning Blend’

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Col. James P. Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., talks with TV hosts, Tina Jennings and Maria Parmigiani, during a live recording of “The Morning Blend” at KGUN9 Studio, Tucson, Nov. 24. Meger went on the show to...
 
 

Let’s talk turkey: Prepare the perfect bird this holiday season

Whether having a big group over to share the Thanksgiving festivities or it’s just you and the Family, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. Guests will graze around the appetizer table careful not to fill their bellies in anticipation of the plump, juicy turkey and all the fixin’s. Most people aren’t world-renowned...
 

 
DoD

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Nov. 21. According to a Defense Department news release, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DOD’s financial management regulation will prohibit service...
 
 

Officials highlight health, wellness resources for Military Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 – As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams, Marine Corps...
 
 

Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin