News: Lifesaving hands: CLB-6 Marines complete first-responder training
Story by Cpl. Paul Peterson
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, conducted lifesaving first-responder training here, May 11, in preparation for the unit’s deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
The training, which is part of the battalion’s overall participation in the Integrated Training Exercise at Twentynine Palms, Calif., tested the unit’s ability to react decisively to life-threatening situations and ensure that no matter what – every Marine is a first responder.
Through several sessions, a simulated improved explosive device first rocked the training area and launched the Marines and sailors into action.
The servicemembers ran through their security procedures, treated simulated casualties, and called for support under the watchful observation of the course instructors.
“We don’t need to put ourselves at unnecessary risks,” said Jimmy R. Karr, a counter-IED instructor, as he reviewed the Marines performance. “Do everything one time, and do it right the first time … [so] everybody knows exactly what’s going on.”
The realistic training included professional actors. Each actor took on the role of an injured Marine and provided servicemembers realistic situations in a field environment.
Karr complimented the battalion on its ability to clear a route and offered advice on how to increase situational awareness and communication during real-life situations.
CLB-6 will continue its training here for several more weeks before returning to its home station at Camp Lejeune, N.C.