6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS) is the Territorial Army Infantry for the south of Scotland. C Company is a dismounted rifle company covering the Greater Glasgow area. Its main role is to provide officers and soldiers that are trained and experienced in dismounted close combat to support regular units on operations.
Team Medic Training Weekend 13-15 April 2012
Members of all Companies of 6 SCOTS gathered at Motherwell TA centre to conduct Battle Casualty Drills and Team Medic Training throughout the weekend.
On Saturday morning officers and senior NCOs from 205 Field Hospital arrived to conduct the day’s instruction, bringing with them a large and varied supply of equipment used in training and on current operations.
The personnel were then split into groups to start their training. The groups under their appointed instructors were then shown how to perform Basic Life Support and the use of a defibulator; they then spent some time practicing this drill with us. The instructors explained our defibulator training could be transferred to a civilian qualification, and many of the troops took the chance to obtain this certificate.
We were then shown the equipment that a team medic carries. We were instructed on the use of the Combat Applied Tourniquet, two different types of application, how to apply a Emergency Care bandage, the new bowlan chest seal, and how to use Adult triage cards. Everyone was then given the opportunity to practice with the equipment that was available. There was even some attempts made to sing to ‘Stayin Alive’ to help get the right rhythm for carrying out chest compressions on the resuss models.
After lunch we were instructed on a primary and secondary survey, a NATO 9 Line Casualtry Evacuation request and other reports. We then practiced carrying out primary and secondary surveys on each other. Next on the programme we had Physical Training which was a steady state run down at Strathclyde Country Park, returning to the centre for another excellent meal cooked by our chefs.
After dinner we had a confirmation drill and some scenarios where we had to give reports.
On Sunday training resumed with the instructors from 205. We carried out confirmation drills on the previous day’s training with casualty assessments, reports and further use of the team medic equipment. We then had a lecture in which we were shown slides of what is expected from a team medic and what injuries could be faced on operations, and how well injured personnel are treated when evacuated from theatre. After this lecture we were again split into teams and tasked to manage actual scenarios and put into place everything we had been taught.
On one of the scenarios we were patrolling past a Charity Run ISAF Female school when an explosion went off and shots rung out. When assessing the situation we noticed two casualties, One an ISAF Soldier (Coalition Military) and the other a NCC (Non Coalition Civilian). Both had gunshots wounds to both legs and had arterial bleeds.
It was great to get hands-on training from the subject experts, including from a trauma surgeon. We are looking forward to conducting more training in a battle exercise when it’s more realistic and under pressure of gunfire.
The weekend showed us just how much is involved and required from a team medic. From the exercise phase of the training it was apparent just how much medic training we need to do as part of our job as infantry soldiers. A lot of us are looking forward to doing more hands-on training and putting into practice the skills we have been taught.
By Lance Corporal Stoker
Find out more about C Company, 6 SCOTS: http://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/regiments/17432.aspx