U.S. Army Africa personnel prepare for medical emergencies
By U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
VICENZA, Italy – Eight U.S. Army Africa Soldiers were given a chance to enhance their medical skills in a three-day First Responder Course Oct. 15-17.
The First Responder Course is more of an advanced Combat Lifesaver Course, said Staff Sgt. Michael Belcher, medical Non Commissioned Officer in Charge for USARAF.
He went onto explain that the skills taught in this course are more comprehensive and give Soldiers more experience than CLS. He also said this training is especially useful for Soldier who frequently travel to Africa because it enhances their tool kits. Sgt. Irene Lopez agreed.
“I have more confidence in what to do in the event of an emergency medical situation,” said Lopez, a personnel specialist for USARAF.
During the course, the Soldiers were trained on Intravenous therapy, tropical medicine, preventative medicine and are now all CPR certified.
USARAF’s Headquarters Support Company hosts the First Responder Course quarterly.