Navy working canine groups from the eighth Safety Forces Squadron, together with Military items from Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea, participated within the first joint medical evacuation coaching occasion, right here at Kunsan Air Base Republic of Korea, April 13, 2021.
The aim of the coaching was to watch and calculate the steps wanted to correctly execute a medevac for MWDs and their handlers because of the bodily distance between the working canine and their veterinary workers.
“Kunsan is roughly a two and a half hour drive to Camp Humphreys, the place our MWDs should go for any sort of veterinarian therapy,” stated Tech. Sgt. Raymond Esteves, eighth SFS MWD kennel grasp. “If there was a life or dying scenario, our part wouldn’t have a lot time to attempt to stabilize, transport and safely maneuver by means of native Korean visitors whereas in path to Camp Humphreys.”
The Okay-9 handlers labored intently with their veterinary workers and medics from the 106th Medical Detachment and 3-2 Common Help Aviation Battalion, Camp Humphreys, to dispatch two U.S Military HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and get the MWDs conversant in the plane upon arrival.
“The MWDs had been launched to the helicopters step by step, by first getting in whereas the engines had been off to offer them a greater understanding and there was nothing to be timid about,” stated Senior Airman Jacob Figgins, eighth SFS MWD handler. “We loaded the MWDs with the engines working to additional familiarize them with the noises and vibrations they’d expertise throughout flight. Clearly you’ll be able to’t clarify to the canine what’s going on, so the gradual publicity helps cut back the nervousness related to the helicopter.”
Collaborating in this type of coaching not solely advantages the MWDs, but in addition helps the handlers, veterinary workers, the aviation brigade and the eighth Medical Group reevaluate and develop processes for continuity and fast motion responses in emergency situations.
“As Okay-9, we’re at all times progressive methods to boost, enhance and expose each our handlers and our canine counterparts, aligned with mission necessities and tactical targets,” Esteves stated. “By means of an incredible working relationship with our veterinary workers, coordination and collaboration flowed extraordinarily effectively between the numerous totally different organizations and experience. Like something with life, the extra repetitions everybody is ready to obtain will solely improve effectiveness, confidence and basis wanted for not solely present members however those that will take over for us sooner or later.”
|Date Posted:||04.26.2021 22:06|
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