HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Soldiers with the U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force’s 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment here rescued a pair of injured civilians in separate missions near Chena Hot Springs Saturday evening.
The 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson forwarded a request for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers for an ATV rider who had sustained a suspected broken femur and a possible back injury. A hoist-equipped HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from C Company, 1-52nd responded to the scene where the crew hoisted the injured person into the helicopter for transport to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
During the first mission, the RCC received another request to pick up a 3-year-old child who was injured when a bridge collapsed at a location only seven miles from the first rescue. Due to their close proximity, the terrain and hoist requirement, the C/1-52nd crew was asked to assist again.
After dropping the first injured patient and refueling, the team responded to the second injury and transported the child to Fairbanks Memorial for further treatment.
The Army, per an agreement with the Rescue Coordination Center, provides 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 are available only at the request of the Alaska RCC.
U.S. Army Alaska
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