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Camp Lemonnier holds K-9 casualty care training

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Veterinarians assigned to Camp Lemonnier (CLDJ) and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Care training to joint-service medical and operational personnel forward deployed here, August 18, 2018.

The training, which included canine anatomy, primary assessments and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is designed to provide Handlers and non-veterinary providers the capability to provide basic first aid until definitive veterinary care is available.

Base veterinarian, Army Capt. Richard Blair, facilitated the training to the audience that was comprised of personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force in the medical and law enforcement fields.

Blair said that while the focus of the training was aimed at medically trained personnel, people from other military occupations were welcomed to attend.

“In a mass casualty situation where military working dogs may be injured, anyone with this kind of training in their back pocket would be extremely helpful.” Blair said.

The training combined class room and practical hands-on applications. Artificial dogs were used as training aids and participants simulated CPR, intravenous catheter insertion and tracheal intubation.

CJTF-HOA Civil Affairs Veterinarian, Army Maj. Steven Pelham said the military working dogs are an integral weapon for today’s fighting forces and the combat casualty care training is an important part of readiness.

“These dogs detect explosives that would go undetected. They save people from getting injured or killed,” Pelham said. “The number of lives one dog can save is worth the medical care we can give them to keep them in the fight.”

Emergency Medical Facility Officer in Charge Cmdr. Mark Thomas attended the training and said that the cooperation between medical personnel and the veterinary units is a valuable partnership that can improve the level of care in an emergency.

“Having our people trained in canine combat care as well as utilizing the veterinarians in our facility gives us an interoperability that allows for better coverage for anyone [including military working dogs] who may be injured in a mass casualty situation,” Thomas said.

Camp Lemonnier is one of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, installations that conducts six lines of operations to support air operations, port operations, safety, security, quality of life, and what is called the core: the fuels, water and power that keep the bases operating.

Camp Lemonnier’s mission includes enabling joint warfighters operating forward and to reinforce the U.S. – Djibouti relationship by providing exceptional services and facilities for the tenant commands, transient U.S. assets and service members.

Date Taken: 08.20.2018
Date Posted: 08.20.2018 13:22
Story ID: 289494

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