U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – U.S. Army Alaska’s Aviation Task Force personnel trained with civilian and military emergency responders March 25 to familiarize air crews and civilian personnel with each others’ procedures leading up to the Army providing assistance for civil search and rescue emergencies.
Under the agreement with the 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Army will provide assets that may include medical evacuation helicopters to assist in emergency situations in Alaska under provisions of Defense Support to Civil Search and Rescue. These assets will be available only at the request of the Alaska RCC.
The aviators trained Wednesday with Alaska State Troopers and civilians from Wilderness Search and Rescue, to respond to a simulated car wreck at Mile 65 of the Elliott Highway near Livengood, Alaska. The training gave the responders a better understanding of what medical evacuation assets may be available, how to request assistance, how to communicate at the scene and how to safely interact with the air crew on their arrival.
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