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Taken from Army News Archive May 2008

The role of the Medical Emergency Response Team

22 May 2008


The Medical Emergency Response Team, known as the MERT, is Helmand Province's combat air ambulance. Working as a flying emergency department it is supported by a bomb disposal team, fire and rescue unit and an infantry close protection squad.

This specialist unit, based at Camp Bastion, flies recsue missions night and day around the combat zones. The teams complete 24-hour tours of duty and are kept at a high state of readiness, with downtime often spent checking kit and talking through potential scenarios.

The CH-47 or Chinook is the main work horse for RAF helicopter operations in Afghanistan and it is ideally suited to its role as an air ambulance. Getting close to the place that someone has been wounded or hurt is very important for the medical team.

The MERT's mission is to sustain life, to stabilise casualties and to get them to the hospital facility at Camp Bastion. Procedures usually carried out in a hospital emergency department take place in the back of a hot, moving and noisy aircraft.


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Commanding Officer of the Hospital at Camp Bastion Colonel Phil Hubbard explained:

"The equivalent to the MERT in the UK are air ambulances, they don't routinely fly with the level of professional trauma care we have on the MERT every day. We can and have delivered multiple casualties to the hospital, day and night on just one flight."

In the unforgiving, harsh conditions of Afghanistan the role of MERT is vital for saving lives. The team treats British soldiers, International Security Assistance Force troops as well as local civilians and wounded enemy fighters. Once on board, all patients are afforded care on medical grounds alone.

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Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:08 am
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I have just been reading that in the combat Medic Mag and was going to post it but you have done a better job.


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