Operation Barkhane medevac profiled

The French Ministry of Defence has profiled the military air medical service operating as part of Operation Barkhane. The Journal de la Défense team notes that since the terror attacks in France last year, the civilian SAMU teams and the emergency physicians have been inspired by the experience of military doctors and surgeons. For the past year, civilian health workers have been trained by the Armed Forces Health Service to deal with ballistic injuries and also to triage the victims of an attack.

To understand how the Army has developed this unique know-how, the Journal de la Défense team travelled to Africa’s Sahel region, where 3,500 French soldiers are involved in Operation Barkhane. In an area that stretches over 4000 km (2,500 mies), nurses, doctors and military surgeons work every day to treat and save lives on the ground and in the air.

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