Multinational MEDEVAC Exercise
By Capt. Knut B. Andersen
-A MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) exercise was conducted, May 10, in
the area east of Doboj to train and test members of the Nordic Polish
Battle Group (NPBG) in medical emergency response techniques, security,
evacuation and cooperation between units and nations.
Upon arrival, they immediately began securing the accident scene and providing initial treatment of the injured. It soon became clear, considering the number of casualties involved and the severity of their injuries, that additional assistance would be necessary. Additional medical personnel, ambulances and a helicopter MEDEVAC was immediately requested. Answering their request for evacuation assistance, four U.S. Blackhawks departed from Tuzla, Eagle Base and soon arrived at the scene.
The severely injured were immediately placed on the "birds" and flown back to Eagle Base for follow-on treatment. The remaining injured were then either flown or brought by ambulances to Camp Danevirke, the Danish camp in Doboj for follow-on treatment.
total of 19 casualties were successfully treated and evacuated throughout
the exercise, which involved a team effort consisting of medics, doctors,
military police, rescue units and helicopter personnel.
With members from more than eight different nations represented, this is especially true for personnel assigned with the NPBG in MND-N. It is a way of doing business which has allowed the unit to effectively operate as one multinational team within SFOR and has contributed to the overall success of SFOR operations.