21 Nov 11
Medics prepare to receive a casualty from a Medical Emergency Response Team delivered by Chinook helicopter to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (stock image) [Picture: Corporal Jon Bevan RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2007]
The Ambulance Response Troop (ART) of Close Support Medical Regiment was presented with the Military Award 2011 by the Ambulance Service Institute in recognition of their work over the last six months.
During their recent deployment to Helmand, the six medics and six ambulance drivers worked as two-man teams manning six ambulances 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, treating and evacuating injured troops, Afghan personnel, civilians and international forces.
As well as blast injuries and complicated trauma, including amputations, the team had to deal with gunshot wounds and also undertake specialist paediatric training to look after local Afghan children.
The ART, made up of Royal Navy medics, Royal Marines bandsmen who work as ambulance drivers, an RAF nurse and a Territorial Army Reservist, were also part of the repatriation ceremonies where they transported soldiers who were killed in action so they could be flown home....
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