Razor’s Edge: Practicing mass casualty recovery

A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron provides overwatch during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. Pararescuemen were air dropped into the site of a simulated plane crash, where they triaged casualties and had them airlifted from the site.

An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., lands during Razor’s Edge, a mass casualty exercise, at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2016. During the exercise, the Ospreys were used to extricate 14 simulated survivors to an HC-130J for transport.

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, from the 48th Rescue Squadron, parachute into their drop zone at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. The pararescuemen participated in a mass casualty exercise that involved a simulated plane crash resulting in 14 survivors in need of medical treatment.

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen remove a simulated casualty from the site of a simulated plane crash during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. During the exercise, pararescuemen were expected to triage, treat and evacuate casualties, and to eliminate any presence of simulated opposing forces.

A U.S. Air Force pararescueman assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron assists patients to a casualty collection point during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. Pararescuemen were dispatched and air dropped over the site of a simulated plane crash, where they sifted through the wreckage and treated survivors.

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