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.
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.