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July 13, 2012

Training

Regional Training Site-Medical Fort McCoy

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical Fort McCoy is a training platform for the medical warfighting function. It provides and supports a variety of individual- and section-level medical skills sustainment training and unit-level collective training.
PHOTO: Soldiers with the 807th Medical Command attend a two-week Sustainment Course at Regional Training Site–Medical Fort McCoy. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
Soldiers with the 807th Medical Command attend a two-week Sustainment Course at Regional Training Site–Medical Fort McCoy. The Soldiers trained on individual skills tasks. (Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)

Classes taught at RTS-Medical include Combat Lifesaving, Combat Casualty Care, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, and Health Care Specialist (68W) military occupational specialty certification.

It also provides training on all areas of the Deployable Medical Systems (DEPMEDS), which is a 44-bed hospital.

RTS-Medical Fort McCoy primarily provides training to Army Reserve units but also trains active-duty, Guard, Navy and Air Force personnel.

RTS-Medical Fort McCoy is aligned under the Medical Readiness Training Command at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. It is one of four RTS-Medical facilities in the U.S.

What have they done?
RTS-Medical has been at Fort McCoy for 21 years. During its time at the installation its medical-training campus has expanded to include several facilities located within walking distance of one another.

It provides the newest infrastructure in the medical training-site inventory. The most-recent additions include an 11,000-square-foot medical training classroom and a 12,000-square-foot biomedical equipment repair facility. Both were completed in 2009.

What do they have planned?
A 6,000-square-foot nonmedical maintenance building will be constructed in 2012 to support 54 pieces of rolling stock including ambulances, light medium tactical vehicles, and the latest medical vehicles to support training. A medical clinical skills training lab is a planned addition to the training building in fall 2012.

Why important?
RTS-Medical is the primary source for training on the DEPMEDS equipment and its 14 functional areas, to include treatment areas, operating rooms, laboratory and more.

The DEPMEDS is vital to military medical training because of its extensive use throughout theaters of operation.
The equipment is not available at Army Reserve units’ home stations.

Additionally, RTS-Medical Fort McCoy offers a platform for critical medical skills training to servicemembers that is relevant and advanced.

RTS-Medical supports medical training as part of the Army Force Generation cycle.

Resources:
For more information about RTS-Medical, call 608-388-2544.

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