Keep Them Alive

Photo by: Almog Haimovitch

Keep Them Alive

Photo by: Almog Haimovitch

Keep Them Alive

Photo by: Almog Haimovitch

Keep Them Alive

Photo by: Almog Haimovitch

Keep Them Alive

Photo by: Almog Haimovitch

IAF medics and the people of the “Elephants” squadron which operates the new “Hercules” C-130J practiced rescuing from a mass-casualty incident

Naomi Zoreff | Translation: Eden Sharon

The C-130J “Shimshon” took part in the final training exercise of the Airborne Evacuation Course for the first time. The course is conducted several times a year and is operated by Operations & Aerial Medicine Branch of the IAF medical officer headquarters.

For a week, the medics learnt about aviation physiology and studied the differences between rescuing by helicopter and by airplane. At the end of the course, the cadets take part in an exercise simulating a mass-casualty incident requiring evacuation by plane.

“The Hercules C-130J is a new platform in the IAF and it is important for us to train our people to work with it”, explained Lieutenant Avri Tenenboim, an officer in the Branch’s Training Section. Previous exercises were so far conducted only with the older Hercules C-130 cargo planes.

Dozens at a Time
During 1973 “Yom Kippur” War, cargo airplanes evacuated wounded from airports. The IAF and the Medical Corps make sure to maintain high airborne evacuation capabilities because this is the best way to deal with “Mega-event” with dozens of wounded.

“While helicopters can evacuate a few wounded at a time, The C-130J can be used to airlift dozens of wounded”, said Sergeant Almog Haimovitch, Head instructor in the course. “In addition to the operational value, practicing airborne evacuation allows us to incorporate all the course participants in the summarizing training exercise and gain experience”.
Even though the course is on behalf of the IAF, it is designated also selected medics from different IDF units. This time, medics from the Border Police, Armored Corps and the Nahal Brigade took part.

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