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NEWS | May 12, 2016

Mass casualty exercise provides realistic training for Hungarian, American medical teams

By Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe 7th Mission Support Command

Hungarian and American first responders got a taste of working together during a mass casualty event simulating an auto accident.

The mass casualty exercise took place May 4 as part of Exercise Anakonda Response 2016, a joint-service, multinational exercise that included military and government civilians from Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States as part of a joint task force.

During the mass casualty exercise, the Papa Air Base Emergency Medical Service personnel worked with American military troops from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 7th Mission Support Command, the Ohio National Guard and the U.S. Navy.

“Both the U.S. Army Reserve and Hungarian representatives agreed the joint training event was very valuable and insightful as to how our two countries might work together in similar situation,” said U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan D. Etienne, the 7th Mission Support Command OSURG Operations Officer.

The 7th MSC surgeon’s office personnel prepared Moulage makeup for the casualty volunteers. The primary simulated injuries included burns, fractures and trauma wounds.

The Moulage creates realistic wounds typical of a MASCAL event, Etienne said.

This set the stage for the multiple vehicle accident.

“At notification, U.S. Army Reservists ran to the scene when the accident was witnessed, and the Hungarian Papa Air Base EMS arrived on scene with two ambulances and EMS personnel,” Etienne said.

The responders provided rapid triage and treatment, followed by medical evacuation.

U.S Navy 1st Class Petty Ofc. Nichole Gacayan and U.S, Army Sgt. Erin Hodge worked side by side with Hungarian EMS counterparts in the treatment efforts.

U.S. Army First Lt. Juan Grado, a physician’s assistant with the Ohio National Guard, coordinated with the Papa Air Base EMS and their clinic to put the training together. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Juan Perez, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 7th MSC’s surgeon’s office, worked with the Hungarian medical evaluators to assess the performance of the first responders.

After the training event was complete, participants met at the Papa AB clinic to review the event, Etienne said.

“Some of the highlights noted were the outstanding cross communication efforts between U.S. and Hungarian healthcare providers, and the expeditious evaluation and treatment of casualties,” he said.