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MEDICS and combat first aiders
at Patrol Base Wali in Uruzgan
province fought to save the lives of
Afghan police officers wounded in
two separate IED strikes.
One policeman died while another
was badly wounded in the blast. They
were evacuated to the joint ANA and
Australian patrol base.
As the call went out for all combat
first aiders to report to the casualty
reception area, security was ramped
up on the perimeter to cover the ANA
Early the same day another
Afghan National Police officer had
been brought in suffering horrific
injuries from a separate IED blast.
Despite the best efforts of medics,
and the swift evacuation by an ISAF
helicopter, the policeman died of his
With the tension palpable, OC Maj
Greg Colton said the incident was a
tough experience for both Australian
and Afghan personnel.
"The reporting coming in from the
ANA was confused and the number
of casualties and the nature of their
injuries kept fluctuating," he said.
"No-one was talking much as they
were busy preparing the drips and
equipment, however, there was an
unspoken determination that no mat-
ter the injuries, we were not going
to let another Afghan policeman die
"As the medics briefed the combat
first aiders and the stretcher bearers
Responding to tragedy
Medical teams at Patrol Base Wali pull together to support police wounded in bomb attacks
assembled in the casualty reception
area, it was the most focused and
professional I have seen the soldiers
throughout the tour so far."
The casualty's wounds were trau-
matic -- a shattered jaw, fractured
skull, damaged eye and haemorrhag-
ing -- but the team worked quickly
and over 30 minutes managed to suc-
cessfully stabilise him until the medi-
vac helicopters arrived.
The senior combat medic, Cpl
Corey Hill, said resuscitations could
get intense but this time everything
seemed quite calm.
"The advanced notice gave us time
to prepare three treatment stations
and when the casualty arrived we
were ready and just slipped into our
roles with everyone doing their part
to ensure that he was given the best
treatment possible -- to be honest the
training just kicked in," Cpl Hill said.
"After the death of the policeman
that morning it was really good to
know that we had been able to save
View the online gallery at www.defence.gov.
au/news/armynews to see images photog-
rapher Cpl Hamish Paterson captured of the
first aid effort.
Helping hands: Soldiers from the 3RAR Task Group stretcher a wounded Afghan police officer at Patrol Base Wali.
Photo by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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