Military, civilian personnel take part in Pathfinder-Minuteman Exercise

Members of the U.S> Air Force REserve 304th Resue Squadron take part in a Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise. | Courtesy of DVIDS
Members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Army Air National Guard and civilian first response personnel took part in a joint disaster exercise at Camp Rilea in Oregon on Wednesday.

State and county agencies and members of the U.S. Northern Command were also represented among participants of the exercise. Twelve-member teams took on scenarios which included the search for simulated casualties and medical assistance and recovery activity.

The first exercise was a water rescue at Slusher Lake and had simulated the recovery of a drowning victim with helicopter aid from the U.S. Cost Guard's Air Station Astpria and the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special
Tactics Squadron provided support for the teams working on the ground. The second scenario was the search for injured victims at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain Site. The third scenario was the locating and rescue of victims trapped in their vehicles and a simulation of collapsing buildings.

Oregon Air National Guard Senior Airman Melinda Duran serves as a medic for the 173rd Fighter Wing's medical group, but in this exercise she played the role of a victim.

“I guess I did not realize how complicated it was to get someone out of a fallen building,” Duran said. “It took six people to drag me on a skid through series of holes. Now I know that the things a patient will experience by the things that hurt me in the extrication process."

Participants in the exercise noted the importance of communication and knowing what the capabilities are of the various search and rescue and emergency personnel that would be involved in real accidents and events.

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