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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – In combat when a casualty occurs it’s an overload to the system. There often is smoke, gunfire, screaming and the person you’ve often shared years of experiences with is down. To sum it up in a word, chaos. How do you prepare for that chaos in a classroom? How do you deal with the tactile problems after our service members are critically injured?
To train for those real-world problems faced by our Navy and Marine Corps medical providers, Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute (NEMTI) worked with Marine Corps units and Fleet assets on Camp Pendleton, executing the latest iteration of Operation Firebreak on Nov. 15.
NEMTI, the expeditionary medical training detachment of Navy Medicine Operational Training Command (NMOTC), is the Navy’s preeminent leader in expeditionary medical training and is utilized by Navy Medicine teams, Marine Corps units, and Surface Forces Pacific Surgical Teams. The exercise, staged on Tuesday, marked the third iteration of this operation that has gone on from a mere proof of concept a year ago to a fully-fledged critical training operation, producing visible results for Third Fleet aligned Navy and Marine Corps leadership one year later.
“This operation not only demonstrates our partnerships, which are the strength of Navy Medicine, but also gives leadership glimpses about what we can do better and how to make those partnerships stronger,” said Navy Capt. Kimberly P. Toone, commanding officer of NMOTC. “NMOTC makes the best caregivers in the world even better! It’s our specialized detachments, unique trainings environments and operations like Firebreak that allow us to showcase the skill sets that make us so effective. Each time we train we come away with more knowledge and insight that allows us to keep that edge.”
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