Members of Iraqi Police Receive Combat Emergency CPR Instruction
Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Iraq–
Most of our soldiers in the Armed Forces have been trained in basic lifesavings skills, even if such instruction was just briefly in basic training. But most of the time such skills have never been taught to Iraqi National Police or National Army members.
In an effort to try and make them more self sufficient and effective, Coalition Soldiers recently began training members of the Iraq National Police in basic lifesavings, Combat Trauma emergency training, and CPR skills.
MNF Combat soldiers from the 4th BCT, 10th Mountain division, 1st National Police Division, 2nd Battalion began to instruct members of the Iraqi National Police 2nd Battalion 4th Brigade. The instruction includes elements of treating combat wounds, avoiding infection, treatment for shock, and cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR skills.
“We are teaching the basics, we try and keep things simple,” said Sergeant Nelson Rodriquez. Sgt. Rodriquez is assigned to the 4th BCT, and in charge of this instruction combat lifesaving operation.
“We have a lot of material to cover, but to their credit the Iraqi Police troops are eager to learn, and we have been able to teach them more swiftly than we expected,” Sgt. Rodriquez. “As they learn they become more independent and less reliant on medics from U.S. and coalition units, this gives them a sense of pride and new found confidence,” said Sgt. Rodriquez.
The intent is to train the Iraqi Police officers in these techniques, and to select a number of the better Iraqi students to become instructor candidates, so they can be assisted in teaching these concepts to their own fellow policemen.