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Service Members Train in First Receiver Operations

03/22/2018

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 exercise.

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.