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December 11, 2009

Training

RTS-Medical opens new support facilities

Story & Photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Military medical personnel coming to train at Fort McCoy can take advantage of the campus setup at Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical.

Photo: Battlefield medics from engineer units conduct training at the new Regional Training-Site Medical classrooms at Fort McCoy. The medics were training on a handheld information system, which will help them enter medical data. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Battlefield medics from engineer units conduct training at the new Regional Training-Site Medical classrooms at Fort McCoy. The medics were training on a handheld information system, which will help them enter medical data.

Gerry Meyer, RTS-Medical executive officer, said two new facilities/additions are complete and operational and will help give customers a one-stop area to accomplish most, if not all, of their medical training needs. The facilities allow medical units to go through training in the classrooms and then proceed to a pre-established Deployable Medical Systems hospital area.

“This helps complete our campus-type setup where everything they need will be within easy commuting distance, which will save them time and fuel, increase their training time and improve their readiness,” Meyer said. “Medical personnel coming here to train won’t have to drive out of this area to get to our facilities. If we need to establish split training areas to support a training mission, we still have access to the training areas at Fort McCoy to do that.”

The Charpie-Solitt Joint Venture company of Chicago was awarded a $6.001 million Major Construction Army Reserve contract to construct the facilities. The biomedical facility is about 17,000-square-feet, and the classroom is about 12,000-square-feet.

In addition to the new facilities, the campus setup allows medical personnel to pick up medical mannequins from a building located near the administrative facility. Mannequin training also can be offered in the classroom facility. A maintenance support area is attached to the administrative facility as is the newly opened logistical/biomedical area.

Photo: A view of the new Biomedical Facility at Regional Training Site-Medical. The area will be used to help support biomedical equipment calibration and repair training. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
A view of the new Biomedical Facility at Regional Training Site-Medical. The area will be used to help support biomedical equipment calibration and repair training.



A multipurpose room in the classroom facility will feature the latest computer connectivity and configuration possibilities to support exercises, communications with higher headquarters or other off-post entities or distance (distributive) learning opportunities.

The facilities will help medical personnel conduct or provide support for most medical missions, including exercise support for Global Medic, Red Dragon and Patriot Warrior. Meyer said the facilities offer various sizes of classroom areas to better meet the needs of units coming to train at Fort McCoy.

The consolidated setup also will provide excellent support for military medical units to conduct short-term training at Fort McCoy of one to three days. For example, the units can skip using the classroom facility and proceed directly to the pre-established hospital area to conduct training — all of these facilities are located close to each other in the RTS-Medical campus setup.

The biomedical training area is a key part of the new training setup, Meyer said. Biomedical equipment is shipped into the contingency/theater area. Before it is used, it must be calibrated to ensure it provides accurate readings to support medical diagnoses and treatments. If the equipment needs to be calibrated or repaired in-theater, medical personnel must be properly trained to do the repairs/calibrations on site, rather than shipping it out to another location and losing immediate access to it.

“We have lots of flexibility with the new facilities,” Meyer said. “They will allow us to train more Soldiers here at the same time.”

 

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