|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) Fort McCoy provides
sustainment training to combat medics in pre-hospital trauma-management
skills for the battlefield. The organization primarily trains Soldiers
in the 68W (health care specialist) military occupational specialty
(MOS). Additionally, the MSTC offers the Combat Lifesavers (CLS) course
to non-medical military personnel. MSTC Fort McCoy uses live-action and
realistic simulations to augment its medical-training courses.
Soldiers from the 377th Support Maintenance Company of
Manitowoc, Wis., train in the military operations in urban
terrain trauma lane at Medical Simulation Training Center Fort
McCoy under the watchful eye of instructors. The Soldiers had to
recover simulated casualties, administer first aid, and evacuate
the casualty while under simulated combat stressors, such as
weapons and mortar fire and smoke. The Soldiers were undergoing
the validation portion of the Combat Lifesavers course.
(Photo by Geneve N.. Mankel)
Personnel with a 68W MOS are qualified as civilian emergency medical
technicians (EMT) and are required to complete training annually to
remain certified. The required training is outlined in the Medical
Education and Demonstration of Individual Competence Training and
Testing table (TC 8-800), which includes seven training tables and one
validation table. MSTC Fort McCoy provides training for all eight
tables. Training includes trauma assessment and treatment, triage
evacuation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and more.
The CLS course trains non-medical personnel in basic battlefield medical
knowledge and treatment. The students learn skills needed to provide
immediate care to a casualty, such as stopping bleeding, treating for
shock and performing needle chest decompression for tension
MSTC Fort McCoy courses include classroom and realistic hands-on
training. The hands-on training includes participating in the military
operations in urban terrain (MOUT) trauma lane and specific-action
training rooms. Both training areas include simulation equipment.
Lifelike mannequins (high-fidelity human patient simulators) can breathe
and bleed, allow personnel to take and record vital signs — pulse,
respirations, blood pressure — and react to treatment. Audio systems can
play music, weapons-fire sounds and human voices. Fog machines replicate
smoke and dust. Several areas are staged as Middle Eastern villages.
The organization trains Soldiers from all Army components — Reserve,
National Guard, active duty — and also can train personnel from other
military branches and Department of Defense agencies.
MSTC Fort McCoy also offers the EMT Basic Refresher, improved first-aid
kit familiarization, Basic Life Support (CPR), and International Trauma
MSTC Fort McCoy is one of 18 Army MSTCs and one of two U.S. Army Reserve
The oversight of MSTC Fort McCoy is shared by the Army Medical
Department; Army Reserve Medical Command; Medical Readiness Training
Command; Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation (PEO-STRI); and the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans,
Training, Mobilization and Security.
What have they done?
MSTC Fort McCoy was established in 2009. Since then, it has provided
training for more than 13,000 personnel.
In 2011 the organization was chosen as the host site for the Armywide
PEO-STRI MSTC conference. It was selected because it is considered to be
a “Best Practice” organization.
The MSTC organization continually is improving its capabilities and
course offerings. For example, it has expanded its MOUT trauma lane to
simulate an entire village; most MSTCs only have one MOUT building.
What do they have planned?
The MOUT trauma lane will be upgraded with improvements in the next
fiscal year. Air compressor lines and electricity will be added to the
lane to allow for the use of the high-fidelity human patient simulators
in that area. The upcoming new version of the human patient simulators
will not need to be tethered and will be more mobile than current
Why are they important?
Thousands of medics in the Army need training to remain proficient in
medical tasks and skills. MSTC Fort McCoy is one of the few facilities
that can provide medic-sustainment training through simulation.
State-of-the-art facilities and medical simulation training aids add
realism to training and help prepare medical personnel for combat
The training medics receive translates into lives saved on the
For more information about MSTC Fort McCoy, call 608-388-1136.
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