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Army April 29, 2010
ACCIDENTS often attract onlookers but not too
many medics would have a general watching their
That was the case for medics and support staff of
Health Coy, 3CSSB, who took part in a simulated cas-
ualty exercise under the watchful eyes of Commander
Forcomd Maj-Gen David Morrison, Commander 3
Bde Brig Stuart Smith, as well as many interested sol-
diers at Lavarack Barracks on April 19.
In the scenario, the driver of a car with three pas-
sengers loses control and hits a bystander, who is
crushed between the car and a tree.
The medical personnel are required to provide the
emergency response before evacuating the casualties.
Training sergeant Nicola Turner said the exercise
was a small demonstration of how Health Coy oper-
ated using external sources including an Emergency
Response Service (ERS) capability.
"The coordination between the different agencies is
always a vital asset to our training," Sgt Turner said.
The ERS Tp from 25 Spt Sqn, 3CER, worked
quickly to dismantle the vehicle and allow access to
"With the appropriate cries of distress and agony,
the casualties played their roles well and brought a
sense of realism to the training," Sgt Turner said.
The casualties were moved to a resuscitation bay
for further treatment and prepared for evacuation.
"The resus team training enables all members
to work in cohesion especially when push comes to
shove," Sgt Turner said. "Everybody knows their role
and that is to save lives."
Emergency: Spr Jackson Harris attends to Pte
Bianca Pihodnya, 3CSSB, (top left) while (above)
Pte Laura Sedgwick, 3 Bde, left, SMO Lt-Col
Robert Likeman, Lt Jessica Palling and LCpl Chris
Brownley attend to casualty, Pte Aliesha King.
Photos by LCpl Mark Doran
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