Utah – Camp Williams Range Control conducted a MEDEVAC
rehearsal Mar. 30 with Intermountain Health Care’s Life
To demonstrate their
capabilities and to familiarize Soldiers with the
procedure, Life Flight conducted two separate carries
during the operation.
Spc. Matilde Ott
volunteered to be in the Swiss hoist. Life Flight lifted
Ott up and transported her between 200 and 300 feet
above the ground.
“It’s like a rappelling
seat except it’s not tight around your waist. You are
sitting down,” Ott said. “It was pretty high. I could
Spc. Phil Terry volunteered to be the
victim who Life Flight transported on the net backboard.
Over a three-hour
period, Range Control personnel trained on 9-line
MEDEVAC procedures as well as running the Fire Desk
during contingency operations. Security personnel
trained on responding to the incident site and preparing
for the safe extradition of personnel.
Life Flight's unique
ability to conduct hoist operations has proven to be of
great value in the rough terrain and around the aerial
hazards common to Camp Williams.
“This training event
helped us improve our ability to operate with outside
agencies and test our response and communications during
an emergency,” said Utah National Guard Range Control
Officer Capt. Matthew Jones.
“I think I have a
better idea of what I need to do if I was training and
somebody was to get hurt,
“ Ott added.
Photo by Sgt. 1st
Class Keith Cartwright
Spc. Matilde Ott gets
suited up in a Swiss seat hoist in preparation for
Life Flight to transport her during a training
Range Control personnel
have also conducted rehearsals with Air Med from the
University of Utah within the last couple months which
Jones says is the first time Camp Williams has completed
the rehearsals with a civilian entity.
Range Control has a
long-standing working relationship with various local,
state and federal agencies. They have trained with
Unified Fire Authority; Air Med; the Saratoga Springs, Bluffdale
and Eagle Mountain Fire Departments; Utah County
Dispatch; Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center; Valley
Emergency Communications Center and FEMA.
Although Camp Williams
Soldiers have trained with numerous first responders in
Salt Lake and Utah Counties, geography plays a role in
deciding who responds to an incident on post because the
camp straddles the line between Salt Lake and Utah
“The charters for
emergency services go right up to the county line, but
the access gate is in Salt Lake County. You have to go
through Salt Lake County to get to the Utah County
part,” Jones said. “As a customer, we have to make sure
that the quickest person gets there. I've spoken
with the agencies involved with the different
charters and told them that whoever gets here first gets our
Photo by Capt.
Range Control Soldiers
pose for a group picture with Life Flight Crew and
enforcement after completing an MEDEVAC
training exercise at Camp Williams.