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Chilean and U.S. Air Forces Cooperate to Strengthen Aeromedical Evacuations

first_imgFor instance, two weeks after the seminar on aeromedical evacuations, a team of FACH physicians participated in joint disaster management exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard from April 20-28 in Texas. There, they performed mass aeromedical evacuations as well as airlifts for individual patients from cities in the context of a fictitious scenario in which a hurricane had struck a U.S. state. The training was conducted with critical care air transport teams (CCATT). By Dialogo May 19, 2015 The seminar was attended by 46 members of Chile’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Carabineros, Investigatory Police, representatives of Chile’s Metropolitan Emergency Mobile Medical Treatment System (SAMU), and a delegation consisting of 14 service members from the USAF and members of the Texas Air National Guard, said Colonel Alger Rodó, chief of the medical operations department at the FACH Health Division. Representatives from Chile’s critical care unit and Intensive Care Unit at the Military hospital also attended. The Chilean Air Force will send all of its physicians involved in medical evacuations of critical care patients for training in the CCATT course. The USAF “shared its experiences on precautions, reconnaissance and response to the Ebola virus,” Col. Rodó said. “We also had an Officer from the Uruguayan Army who was in Congo and spoke about managing the fatal virus (Ebola). The meeting helped us understand the challenges each organization had faced with its aeromedical evacuations and how they solved them. We also analyzed the elements on which we agreed, and the challenges in the future.” The seminar was attended by 46 members of Chile’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Carabineros, Investigatory Police, representatives of Chile’s Metropolitan Emergency Mobile Medical Treatment System (SAMU), and a delegation consisting of 14 service members from the USAF and members of the Texas Air National Guard, said Colonel Alger Rodó, chief of the medical operations department at the FACH Health Division. Representatives from Chile’s critical care unit and Intensive Care Unit at the Military hospital also attended. Meanwhile, the director of Metropolitan SAMU, Ximena Grove, discussed the work emergency medical personnel perform with the Armed Forces, focusing on recent medical evacuations conducted in the region of Atacama. On April 8, for instance, the FACH transported a 20-month-old child from the Copiapó Regiment to Pudahuel Air Base in Santiago; from there he was transferred to Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, also in the capital. The toddler was flown in a 9th Aviation Group UH-1H helicopter and subsequently by a 5th Aviation Group Cessna Citation CJ1 airplane. “It is always necessary to keep progressing,” Col. Rodó said. “This work is part of our DNA as an institution.” May this come trueWe all want peace, except for the bitter. Something has happened to make these groups so evil. Let us speak with them, a prison that offers rehabilitation. My comment is there are young people who want to serve in the military and you reject them. Iit should not be so, my son wanted to join the regiment and he was rejected. Now my son is really sad. We think it must be because he’s middle class or does he need to have money? “It is always necessary to keep progressing,” Col. Rodó said. “This work is part of our DNA as an institution.” “In the event of multiple accidents, the FACH has always been called upon to provide medical air transportation,” Col. Rodó said. “No other institution or private company has the ability to provide immediate transport for 20 or 30 patients.” For instance, two weeks after the seminar on aeromedical evacuations, a team of FACH physicians participated in joint disaster management exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard from April 20-28 in Texas. There, they performed mass aeromedical evacuations as well as airlifts for individual patients from cities in the context of a fictitious scenario in which a hurricane had struck a U.S. state. The training was conducted with critical care air transport teams (CCATT). “Twenty years ago, each institution used different equipment,” said Col. Rodó. “Now, there is interoperability in many activities; our equipment meets NATO standards, and this allows us to combine elements and obtain good results. It is in Chile’s interests to provide continual training to the Armed Forces as well as increase and improve its aeromedical evacuation capabilities.” “Twenty years ago, each institution used different equipment,” said Col. Rodó. “Now, there is interoperability in many activities; our equipment meets NATO standards, and this allows us to combine elements and obtain good results. It is in Chile’s interests to provide continual training to the Armed Forces as well as increase and improve its aeromedical evacuation capabilities.” The USAF “shared its experiences on precautions, reconnaissance and response to the Ebola virus,” Col. Rodó said. “We also had an Officer from the Uruguayan Army who was in Congo and spoke about managing the fatal virus (Ebola). The meeting helped us understand the challenges each organization had faced with its aeromedical evacuations and how they solved them. We also analyzed the elements on which we agreed, and the challenges in the future.” “In the event of multiple accidents, the FACH has always been called upon to provide medical air transportation,” Col. Rodó said. “No other institution or private company has the ability to provide immediate transport for 20 or 30 patients.” “Our relationship has seen an increase in the complexity of the training; now we are sending Chilean service members to participate in critical courses,” Col. Rodó said. Sharing medical protocols and information Retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda noted the value of the joint exercises. “These exercises allow us to perfect our teamwork skills, the interoperability of the Chilean Armed Forces, and to reinforce bilateral relationships with our partners to confront challenges to our security,” he said. The FACH evacuates about 20 or so critical patients each year, Col. Rodó said. Service Members who participated in the medical evacuations have been trained in aviation medicine and aircrew health. “Our team of physicians achieved all of the exercises’ objectives, and this demonstrates that our personnel are very well-trained,” Col. Rodó said. About 60 members of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) and the United States Air Force (USAF) recently met to strengthen aeromedical evacuation capabilities in aid of disaster victim, holding a seminar called “Challenges for Joint Aeromedical Evacuations” April 8-10 at the FACH Clinical Hospital in Santiago. About 60 members of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) and the United States Air Force (USAF) recently met to strengthen aeromedical evacuation capabilities in aid of disaster victim, holding a seminar called “Challenges for Joint Aeromedical Evacuations” April 8-10 at the FACH Clinical Hospital in Santiago. The FACH evacuates about 20 or so critical patients each year, Col. Rodó said. Service Members who participated in the medical evacuations have been trained in aviation medicine and aircrew health. “Our relationship has seen an increase in the complexity of the training; now we are sending Chilean service members to participate in critical courses,” Col. Rodó said. During the seminar, organizations demonstrated how they performed aeromedical evacuations — describing their procedures, techniques, equipment, training, and personnel for carrying out medical air transport — in an effort to learn from each other. FACH conducts exercises with Texas Air National Guard Recent medical evacuations discussed Recent medical evacuations discussed Meanwhile, the director of Metropolitan SAMU, Ximena Grove, discussed the work emergency medical personnel perform with the Armed Forces, focusing on recent medical evacuations conducted in the region of Atacama. On April 8, for instance, the FACH transported a 20-month-old child from the Copiapó Regiment to Pudahuel Air Base in Santiago; from there he was transferred to Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, also in the capital. The toddler was flown in a 9th Aviation Group UH-1H helicopter and subsequently by a 5th Aviation Group Cessna Citation CJ1 airplane. In one such instance, a C-130 Hercules airplane from the FACH 10th Aviation Group departed Pudahuel Air Base for Formosa, Argentina – approximately 1,500 kilometers from Santiago – to airlift 41 Chilean children, adolescents, and adults who were injured when a bus overturned while they were traveling back to Iquique from a championship soccer game in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil. Retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda noted the value of the joint exercises. “These exercises allow us to perfect our teamwork skills, the interoperability of the Chilean Armed Forces, and to reinforce bilateral relationships with our partners to confront challenges to our security,” he said. The Chilean Air Force will send all of its physicians involved in medical evacuations of critical care patients for training in the CCATT course. In one such instance, a C-130 Hercules airplane from the FACH 10th Aviation Group departed Pudahuel Air Base for Formosa, Argentina – approximately 1,500 kilometers from Santiago – to airlift 41 Chilean children, adolescents, and adults who were injured when a bus overturned while they were traveling back to Iquique from a championship soccer game in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil. The seminar continued a longstanding cooperative relationship between Chilean and U.S. security forces. Since 1995, the FACH has maintained regular joint relations with the Texas Air National Guard, sharing basic concepts such as how to place a patient properly on a stretcher to reduce transport times, to highly complex training. Sharing medical protocols and information “Our team of physicians achieved all of the exercises’ objectives, and this demonstrates that our personnel are very well-trained,” Col. Rodó said. FACH conducts exercises with Texas Air National Guard The seminar continued a longstanding cooperative relationship between Chilean and U.S. security forces. Since 1995, the FACH has maintained regular joint relations with the Texas Air National Guard, sharing basic concepts such as how to place a patient properly on a stretcher to reduce transport times, to highly complex training. During the seminar, organizations demonstrated how they performed aeromedical evacuations — describing their procedures, techniques, equipment, training, and personnel for carrying out medical air transport — in an effort to learn from each other. last_img read more

DONEGAL INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BLOG AWARDS

first_imgDonegal IT and Internet Safety Expert Niall Mulrine from Pc Clean has been shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards 2013.Niall MulrineThese annual awards held in Dublin takes nominations from people over Ireland, who vote on their favourite blog website by an Irish owner.His free website www.CyberSafetyAdvice.com is a free resource for parents, teachers and children on how best to protect themselves online, behave online, how to react to online abuse. Such is the content on the website, it has been receiving a lot of traffic over the summer months.Articles which Niall compiles himself range from top tips for parents to stay safe online, tips for children if they are getting cyber-bullied, global news stories of internet privacy issues and how it can be fixed for people not to fall into the same trap.Because of this website, Niall has become known nationally and globally for this expertise in the field of Internet Safety.He often communicates with people in the same field from other countries who are doing their best to get knowledge out to people to be the best digital citizen he can. Niall has built a niche area from his IT background as owner of Pc Clean in Ballybofey, in the area of online safety.He has been delivering workshops to children, teachers and parents over the last few years nationally on the dangers online and how best to embrace it and protect themselves from the dangers.Niall’s passion can be seen at his workshops that he holds in schools, community centres and other locations, with the knowledge and understanding of the victims feel and behave when in trouble.His workshops were developed by himself as a result to a need to the local community as parents and teachers often asked him about social media effects on their children.www.CyberSafetyAdvice.com will go through a rigorous judging panel in October to if his website will make it to a category winner. DONEGAL INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BLOG AWARDS was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:internet safetyNiall MulrinePC Cleanlast_img read more

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