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January 25, 2013

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Navy medical unit hones cold-weather skills at RTS-Medical

Medical personnel from the Expeditionary Medical Force (EMF) Great Lakes One exchanged duty on a ship for land-based, cold-weather training at Regional Training Site (RTS) – Medical Fort McCoy in mid January.
PHOTO: Sailors get instruction on set up and operation of Chemical Protective Deployable Medical Hospital equipment. Photo by Petty Officer First Class (LS1) Krystal Cicernas
Sailors from the Expeditionary Medical Force get instruction on set up and operation of Chemical Protective Deployable Medical Hospital equipment during training at Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Sailors install a light in a Chemical Protective Deployable Medical Hospital set. Photo by Petty Officer First Class (LS1) Krystal Cicernas
Personnel from the Navy Expeditionary Medical Force install a light in a Chemical Protective Deployable Medical Hospital set. The work helped prepare them for cold-weather training at Fort McCoy.
PHOTO: Sailors take a trauma care course before their cold-weather training. Photos by Petty Officer First Class (LS1) Krystal Cicenas
Medical personnel from the Expeditionary Medical Force take a trauma care course before their cold-weather training.

Photos by Petty Officer First Class (LS1) Krystal Cicenas

The training included erecting and living in outdoor tents with heaters and showers instead of aboard Navy ships.

Chief Petty Officer Darren Schauf of the EMF said the unit comes to Fort McCoy on an annual basis to participate in cold-weather training. The field hospitals the Sailors train in are similar to an Army Combat Support Hospital, he said.

Twelve medical personnel conducted a cold-weather trauma casualty care course, which is medical warrior-type training required for Navy medical personnel.

In addition, cold-weather training entails Sailors working in outdoor conditions in temperatures below 40 degrees for a sustained period of time.

Sailors also trained with a Chemical Protective Deployable Medical Hospital set.

Paul Lokotz of Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy Training and Operations said the training with the chemically protected hospital sets conducted in cold-weather conditions at the installation was a first. The experience can be used to help support other units that want to conduct this training, he added.

It created a new set of working conditions the Navy personnel overcame and were able to properly meet their internal requirements, he said.
 

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