Photos by Bernard S. Little
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Walter Reed Bethesda’s Department of Emergency Management
conducted the Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) First Receiver Operations
Training (FROT) March 7-8 at the medical center.
Designed to educate medical first receivers, the course
focuses on lifesaving skills required to
triage, initiate field treatment, decontaminate and save victims from chemical,
biological, radiological and nuclear, or other hazardous materials. The
training involved classroom instruction, as well as time devoted to gear
inventory, equipment set-up, and utility checks.
The training culminated with a timed decontamination
exercise to test the new Patient Decontamination Team and Emergency Department
Personnel on the skills which they had just spent nearly 20 hours honing. WRB’s
Director Navy Capt. (Dr.) Mark Kobelja observed the timed decontamination
During the timed exercise, service members raced against the
clock to quickly yet efficiently construct a decontamination shelter, which
included a pump, electric hook-up, heater, plumbing and other necessary gear.
The Sailors and Soldiers also had to swiftly don personal protective equipment
to treat mock casualties from a simulated weapon of mass destruction incident.
Christopher Gillette, command emergency manager
for WRNMMC, explained how all training and every exercise provide opportunities
for improvement. As with all exercises conducted throughout the year, Gillette
stated the FROT serves to maintain continuous readiness at the medical center.