Medics are expected to maintain a professional manner when interacting with any of these other groups during an emergency situation. Please be respectful of everyone but don’t be afraid to be authoritative if the situation requires it.Medical personnel often work in close conjunction with Military Police Personnel, Event and Command staff, and FtIG staff.
Medics are expected to carry modern supplies and be able to perform basic first aid, triage, and assist other medical personnel as needed. Even for those of you who are fielding as medics but may not have professional medical experience, carrying the correct supplies will ensure that they are available for those who may need them. Some of you are under 18, and this applies to you.
Suggested supplies include band aids, gauze, tape, kling (gauze wrap), triangular bandages and gloves. Don’t forget your notebook! Additional supplies at your own discretion are acceptable as long as providers do not initiate more than basic first aid. We must operate within the scope of Pennsylvania’s Basic Life Support protocols.
1) Anyone fielding as a medic at the event should be able to administer first aid to an injured person as well as watch for the signs associated with dehydration, hypothermia and other cold related emergencies.
2) Any injury you treat must be recorded. Please carry a notebook in your pocket with a pen or pencil and record injured person’s name, barracks number, type of injury and treatment provided. These will need to be collected by me, you can turn them in to allied HQ at the conclusion of each day. Why do they need to be collected? The base Fire Chief is assisting in the event emergency operations plan and we must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We must track injury and treatment and be able to follow up.
3) Medics are to provide basic first aid only no matter your certification or training level. Basic first aid means wound care and bleeding control. Airway monitoring, splinting and immobilization of injured extremities and CPR.
Injuries in the Cantonment Area
- Any non-hazardous training in the cantonment area must have a medic available to respond in the event of an injury
- In the event of a medical emergency in the cantonment area, Medics are encouraged to assist other staff as available.
- Calling 911 from a cell phone will dial to the Lebanon County Communications Center. Tell the dispatcher that you are at Fort Indiantown Gap, Area 13 and give them the building number and situation of injury.
- Thursday is RECON day. Set up of the aid station takes place during the recon. If anyone is interested in going to help set up let me know. Its manual labor but easy and a nice ride out into the field. Be sure to be dressed for field conditions.
- In the event of a real world emergency during the tactical, Medics are authorized to call for a localized cease fire in an effort to render proper and immediate care. Injured persons should be removed by period vehicle, if available and necessary, to the field aid station for further treatment or transport to a hospital.
- In the event of a life threatening injury, which is defined by the US Army as any injury that will affect, life, limb, sight or hearing, the medic has authority to order a complete tactical cease fire to allow an emergency vehicle to travel safely to the patient should they be injured too seriously to be moved. A cease fire should be radioed to the TOC by field command and they will relay to Range Control.
- Knowledge of Cold Weather emergencies is especially helpful during the event. Please review cold weather injury, treatment and prevention protocols at the following website.
- Warming buses will be available as in the past years.
- A Field aid station and warming tent will be available to send soldiers to warm up and receive first aid. The aid station will be a staging area for anyone who needs to be evacuated by EMS that is able to be safely removed from the field. Any back/neck injuries should be stabilized in place.
- If you send anyone to the aid station or to a warming bus, make sure the unit CO is aware for personnel accountability reasons.
- Make sure that you keep an eye out not only for the cold emergencies but ensure that people are drinking plenty of water. The cold makes people forget to hydrate. Almost every year we have a dehydration issue of some sort. This goes for the field and cantonment area
- Encourage a change of socks during a lunch break if they have wet feet. Make sure people are eating at lunch breaks. Encourage your soldiers to replace the energy they are burning.
- GLOVES ARE MANDATORY. If you see someone without gloves have them wear their spare pair of socks as gloves.
- If someone is noticeably ill, tell them to stay back from going in the field. It will only make them feel worse going out.
- All participants are encouraged to fill out an emergency medical card that will be available at the event. The cards should be kept in the left shirt pocket and will only be accessed by medical personnel in the event of a real life emergency. WWIIHA and its associated staff will not collect or hold any type of personal medical information** If you have an emergency, request the card from the patient. If they are unresponsive look for the card.
- There will be water and coffee and snacks available at the aid station.
- At this time, I do not have any maps available nor do I know where the aid station will be located. That information will be available following the RECON on Thursday afternoon at the respective headquarters.
- During the event I will typically be found at event HQ or someone can relay me a message from there.
If you need a first aid kit, please let me know the week before the event so I can have one made up and available when you arrive.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the event. Safe travels
WWIIHA Medical Officer