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Filipovici medical station

By 1st Lt. Luis Sanchez
First published in
SFOR Informer#115, June 13, 2001

The German medical team at Filipovici provides medical assistance and is ready to deal with any kind of health problem; German soldiers know that they can perform their mission well medically supported.

Filipovici Among the mountainous forest of the Drina River, the Filipovicis German detachment accomplishes its mission in the far east of the German area of responsibility (AOR) in Multinational Division - Southeast (MND-SE). They are not alone, with them their medical team is deployed.
Our role is to provide the same medical level for German soldiers here as they have in Germany, stressed Dr. (Maj.) Christian Thielert-Kluzit, medical station commander.
Being a doctor in a small camp is not an easy job; like rural medics, they are the first medical levels. Therefore their job is of paramount importance, overall in emergency cases, even if behind them there is the German Field Hospital in Rajlovac. (SFOR Informer no. 104).
Located at the centre of the camp, a big, red cross distinguishes one portable cabin from the others. At its side, ambulances are ready to evacuate if necessary and 100 metres away there is a helipad, where a MEDEVAC helicopter (CH-53 Stallion) from the field hospital can land to evacuate emergency cases.
Inside, six highly qualified staff take care of the German soldiers health, organised into two operational teams composed of an officer doctor, one medical assistant (one NCO with three years training) and an ambulance driver. There is always one on duty, engaged in medical tasks, and the other on standby, they carry out their jobs daily. During the day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., the doctor treats an average of five to 10 patients visiting the medical post, four can be admitted at the same time. The rest of the duty period they are prepared to respond to medical situations. The common cases are allergies, colds and insects stings. We have an operation theatre we may use if necessary, emergency cases are evacuated by helicopter, explained physician Capt. Matthias Bauer.
Sometimes international organisations such as the International Police Task Force (IPTF) request medical help for local inhabitants and, after obtaining approval, the German team assists.
As a detached team of the German Field Hospital and despite the distance, about 70 kilometres, once per week they are supplied with medicines and any other medical material, they lack nothing. Three ambulances are at the disposal of the medical station. One is a Fuchs (German APC) equipped with an emergency unit capable of carrying two casualties from an emergency situation, another is a truck with special equipment, one electric shock and oxygen equipment, in addition it can transport four casualties, the last is a common truck ambulance, Bauer said. We are always in contact by radio with German units when patrolling our AOR, which guarantees recovery by using the Fuchs or the truck ambulance, he concluded.

Related links:
Nations of SFOR: Germany, SFOR at Work