By Eric Haurupma – EM TV, Port Moresby
A team of PNGDF soldiers from the first Pacific Island Regiment at Taurama Barracks, today underwent disaster emergency training for mass casualties.
This training is part of the US military medical services to educate PNG soldiers on first aid for casualties during disasters.
The training was led by four US military medical experts, seeing 39 PNGDF soldiers undergo classroom training in presentations and hands-on demonstration exercises.
US Military Officer in Charge, LT Colonel Courtney Finkbeiner, said this training will enhance their emergency skills on how to apply first aid for mass casualties during disasters.
Hands-on exercises included: how to apply bandage to fractured bones, how to mobilise the fractured spine and how to treat and approach casualties.
Finkbeiner said, this training is also important for these soldiers as they will be assisting in the July Pacific Games.
This course is an exchange of information and ideas between USA and PNG; and provides an opportunity for PNGDF soldiers to take a prioritised approach to medically manage and treat critically injured patients.