Local

July 5, 2013

Routine is never routine for Team March emergency medical technicians

An event labeled “routine training” is usually predictable — training is planned, carried out and evaluated. However, Team March medics, while on a routine training mission, encountered an unexpected incident, which put their training into real-life practice. Senior Master Sgt. Josephine Carrillo, emergency medical technician, 452d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, recounts the events that took place with her crewmembers, Chief Master Sgt. Raejean Huch, Master Sgt. Deanna Swick and Staff Sgt. Esperanza Weber, June 15.

“We were on a routine training mission that mapped us from March Air Reserve Base to a stop-over in New Hampshire; proceed on to Ramstein Air Base Germany to pick up 452 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron duty passengers; a stop-over in Bangor, Maine and then back to March,” said Carrillo. “Our crews were receiving training that involved currency updates, instructor training and evaluation check rides.”

The first legs of the mission went without incident, which placed the crew at Bangor, awaiting the next day’s flight back to March.

“We had just finished debrief and were on our way to dinner from our hotel,” said Carrillo. “We shared a ride with some German guests who were also utilizing the hotel courtesy van for transportation.”

On the way to the restaurant, the crew spotted, what appeared to be an accident involving motorcycle riders. As they proceeded with caution, it was evident what had taken place – a motorcycle driver was down and appeared to be in a critical state. Other riders, who were directing traffic around the accident and tending to the victim, surrounded him.

March crewmembers immediately instructed the driver of the hotel van to stop so they could provide medical assistance. Since there were other passengers in the van, they told the driver to proceed on without them because they would be there for a while. They quickly began to assess the situation.

A motorcyclist, who was with the downed rider, but not involved in the accident, met them and attempted to wave the March medics off.

“No worries. We have this under control. We just called his dad and he is bringing his truck here to take him to the hospital,” said the rider.

Medical professionals are fully aware that any person involved in an accident of this magnitude should not be moved, except by fully-trained, qualified individuals.

“No sir, this man will not be moved by his dad’s truck!” said one of the March crewmembers. “We are Air Force medics and we are taking over this scene until responders arrive — you dial 9-1-1! Now, please back up and give us room to work!”

Sensing the seriousness in their voices and respecting their authority over this situation, the rider did as he was told.

Minutes seemed like hours as the medics stabilized the downed rider in preparation for the arrival of the paramedics. Huch conducted a check of the driver’s neck; Carrillo evaluated the driver’s leg, which appeared to have a fracture in the lower right portion. Swick and Weber continued to assess the situation and the surrounding area.

In the distance, a faint cry could be heard.

“We heard a whimpering sound coming from an unknown direction,” said Carrillo. “A quick scouting of the area revealed a second downed rider – apparently, she was the wife of the driver and had made her way down the road, probably in shock.”

The medics saw that she could walk, guided her over to her husband and situated her next to him. This resulted in a calming effect for both of them, knowing that neither of them had perished in the accident.

“We laid her down next to her husband so that they could see each other and know that everything was going to be fine,” said Carrillo.

Fifteen minutes later, fire department paramedics arrived on scene. Carrillo went to them and briefed them on what she believed had happened, along with a prognosis of the sustained injuries.

“We are Air Force EMTs. There was a motorcycle accident — two riders, one male and one female, both middle aged — the female appears to be suffering from shoulder trauma and mild shock — the male has suffered severe road rash and appears to have a fracture in the lower right leg — both riders are conscious and breathing, the male’s C-spine has been stabilized.”

The manner in which the assessment was delivered, quickly indicated to the paramedics the type of background the AF medics had, which was received and well-respected.

The first responders took command of the scene and the Team March medics were able to readjust and decompress from the intensity of the situation.

“We were all covered with blood, so the fire EMT’s offered us some cleaning materials. We still had dinner reservations and we were even hungrier now,” said Carrillo. “However, our ride had left so we were stranded.”

State Troopers arrived on scene just as the situation normalized and were willing to assist where needed.

Huch explained to the officers that they had come across this accident and rendered assistance until the responders arrived and now they were stuck without a ride. Call it luck or fate, but the troopers were actually Air National Guardsmen from the local base. After finding out Carrillo and her crew were reservists, Tucker Bonnevie, crew chief and Stephen Morrell, security forces, gladly gave them a ride to the restaurant.

“We are not aware of the outcome with the riders, but as far as we know, their injuries were not fatal and they should recover with no problems. As for our training mission, routine is never routine,” said Carrillo.




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


 
 

 
Untitled-1

Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacr...
 
 

Increased mission requirements open doors for continued military service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000...
 
 
Natl-Better-Hearing-and-Speech-Month

Knowing signs of hearing loss, speech disorder are vital to well-being

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, where we seek to raise awareness about communication disorders and learning how to recognize their signs. Below are things you should know, from the American Speech and Language Hearing A...
 

 

Quarterly Awards: best of the best highlighted

Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Dominique Acuna, integrated flight control specialist, 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.   NCO of the Quarter: Tech. Sgt. Ruben Davis, mental health craftsman, 752nd Medical Squadron.   SNCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Christopher Jugas, non-commissioned officer in charge of training, 452nd Security Forces Squadron.
 
 
DoD
AFN photo/Charlie Gill

Robert Sekula, man of many hats

AFN photo/Charlie Gill Robert Sekula, a broadcast journalist/producer working at the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, one of March Air Reserve Base’s mission partners, wears many hats. Robert Sekula’s ever-present ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer

Recruits swear in at Military Appreciation Night

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer Lt. Col. Erin Meinders, commander, 362nd Recruiting Squadron, swears in 13 new recruits to the Air Force Reserve, during the Inland Empire 66ers Military Appreciation Night ...
 




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