[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                        April 11, 2008
Training

Simulation center to help Soldiers 
improve medical treatment skills

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

      A new training building is being constructed near the Regional Training Site-Medical (RTS-Medical) facility at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Personnel from the Lusk Group of Kentucky are constructing a Medical Simulation Training Center near Regional Training Site-Medical. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Personnel from the Lusk Group of Kentucky are constructing a Medical Simulation Training Center near Regional Training Site-Medical. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      The Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) will offer medical simulation training, said Bob Zinsmeister, Training Support manager for the Directorate of Plans, Training Mobilization and Security (DPTMS). The Lusk Group of Kentucky was awarded the $635,000 contract as a design-build project.

      The money was approved through the Army Reserve Medical Command, and the construction is being coordinated through the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works (DPW). Personnel from the DPTMS will schedule use of the facility, and the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation of Orlando, Fla., will provide staffing, Zinsmeister said.

      Cory Lamoreaux, the senior trainer/instructor, will oversee the operation of the MSTC. The facility will support mobilization training, which will have priority, RTS-Medical training missions, and medical simulation training for military units at McCoy.

      Among the training offered will be combat lifesaver, Lamoreaux said. The training helps prepare Soldiers and medics to conduct the necessary procedures to get an injured servicemember from the battlefield location of the injury to the hospital.

      Lamoreaux said there are 18 other sites like this one throughout the Army. The Fort McCoy site will be the first reserve-component (Reserve/National Guard) training site, he said. Another reserve-component site currently is in the early stages of development at Fort Dix, N.J.

      Dave Gundlach, project manager for DPW, said the MSTC will be built in the footprint of the RTS-Medical campus setup to keep all medical training areas/facilities located in a central area.

      The MSTC will be constructed as a tilt-up concrete-type structure. The facility is expected to be completed later this year. Zinsmeister said the MSTC will provide real-life scenarios using mannequins that "breathe and bleed."

      It will join the DPTMS inventory of simulation facilities, which offer weapons training, including engagement skills trainers, he said. These include two simulation areas in the cantonment area and two engagement skills trainer facilities near Ranges 31 and 32. DPTMS also schedules the HEAT (Humvee Egress Assistance Training) trainer.

      For more information about DPTMS simulation facilities and scheduling, call (608) 388-3721/3713.

 

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