US Military Trains Nigeria Air Force on Casualty Evacuation Capabilities

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By: Joy Odor/Abuja

The U.S. Military has trained Nigerian Air Force medical personnel on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) as part of a four phased Aerial Patient Movement Program.

In a press statement by the Department of press, the trainings are to assist in the increase of the medical capability of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

It will also provided patienty evacuation tactics, techniques, and procedures to reduce casualty mortality rate at the point of injury and increase patient survivability during transport.

The rigorous two-week training, conducted at the Nigeria Air Force Base Hospital Abuja, will enable the Air Force to more effectively recover wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

Nigeria Air Force helicopter pilots were also trained by U.S. instructor pilots on how to effectively plan and execute a Casualty Evacuation Mission.

The training, which is the second phase of the program, was conducted and funded by the United States Air Force and the California National Guard.

The personnel acquired lifesaving first-aid skills to be used in the field, in addition to familiarizing themselves with techniques to both properly load patients on helicopters and care for them in-flight.

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