Iwakuni sailors receive hands-on FROT training
Sailors from Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic took part in First Receiver Operations Training hosted by the Decontamination Education and Consulting on Nuc/Bio/Chem (DECON) near Penny Lake Field at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 8-9, 2013.
The course, which is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupation Safety and Health Administration Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receiver Guidelines, is designed to educate first receivers in conducting field treatment, decontaminating and saving victims from chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear or hazardous materials.
“We have been doing this training for the Navy for seven years and this is the first time Iwakuni has been funded,” said Charlie Jansen, DECON instructor. “The Navy Bureau of Medicine funds the program Navy-wide. They are the ones that pay for the program, equipment and the training.”
The first day of training involved introducing participants to different types of materials, symptoms associated with different hazardous materials and familiarizing them with equipment used during training.
The second day started off with Jansen demonstrating setting up and tearing down a threelane DECON shelter, setup and operation of a water heater and the order of processing different types of patients.
Participants were given time to practice each technique in order to prepare for their final timed exercise. For Petty Officer 1st Class Jack Green, Branch Health Clinic preventative medical technician, this wouldn’t be his first time doing training of this caliber.
“I was at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida, and we did similar training, but this training was more hands-on,” said Green. “The biggest thing to take away is people learning their roles, because if you don’t properly decontaminate a person, then someone is going to die.”
On the final exercise, all 21 participants worked together to accomplish their task of treating two patients in a fast and thorough manner.
“There is always a potential for something to happen. Terrorist acts or natural disasters, it’s these types of events we are preparing them for,” said Jansen.
With BHC Iwakuni completing the training and certifying their initial first receiver team, sailors can expect the number of certified receivers to grow when the training returns next year.