Through a virtual ceremony attended by course facilitators, students, and stakeholders, the Philippine Army launched its first-ever Aeromedical Evacuation Training Program on January 17, 2022, with the goal of improving the Army’s life-saving skills for combat-wounded soldiers.
The blended training program, which is separated into the Army Flight Medic Course and the Army Critical Care Flight Medic Course, will be completed by 17 students. The students’ knowledge and skills in treating and boosting the survival of combat-wounded soldiers will be enhanced during the 21-week program. It also plans to improve the Army Aviation Regiment’s aeromedical competence in preparation for the acquisition of aviation aircraft to transfer war wounded.
The shortest means to convey a combat-wounded soldier from the scene of injury to the nearest medical care center is by air medical evacuation.
“The course will capacitate Army surgeons, nurses and flight technicians in improving the chances of survival of combat-wounded soldiers,” Army Chief Nurse Col. Maria Victoria Juan said in her opening remarks.
“Being formerly assigned in the field myself, this training course will give our troops an added morale boost knowing that help is always nearby in case anything happens while we are accomplishing the mission. Today’s activity marks a significant milestone for the Philippine Army,” Army Aviation Regiment Commander Col. Andre Santos, who served as the event’s guest of honor and speaker, said.
Col. Santos added that the Aviation Regiment will work with the Office of the Army Chief Nurse and the Office of the Army Chief Surgeon to address the lack of medical evacuation (medevac) helicopters manned by properly trained medical personnel, aviators, and their crews working together as a team.