Iraqi Troops Receive Instruction
The use of Coalition teams to teach basic lifesaving classes has made a big difference in Iraq. The Coalition Combat Lifesaver course being taught to citizens with the CLC has resulted in several lives being saved.
At Security Station Jazeer, medics and doctors from the Iraqi National Police are now taking the skills they have been taught by coalition transition teams, and teaching these selfsame skills to fellow Iraqi police officers. “I have two people that I taught early in one class that I have watched over. I was able to bring them back and help them become instructors in their own right,” said Sergeant Jason Kun. Kun is a medic with Coalition Forces, Company C, 610th
Brigade, Task Force Dragon.
The instructors for the Iraqi National Police are medics with their respective units, and they are learning how to instruct and teach the skills and procedures that are needed on the combat battlefield to their fellow troops and police officers. They learn basic combat lifesaving skills such as Vehicle Extrication, Basic bandaging, and how to insert and start IV’s.
This is an important step because they can take their skills back with them to their units, and teach other Shurta. Shurta is Arabic for police or police officer. “The course for medics being taught is so important, you need these skills everywhere. Not just in the combat compound, but in the field, while traveling, everywhere,” said Sergeant Kun.
“These are literally skills that these medics can use to treat their own families, and fellow citizens, both now and in the future,” said Kun. With the instruction and supervision from Coalition soldiers and instructors, the Iraqi 7th Police Unit Brigade is working to achieve full independence and is well on the way.