King visits Spanish Medical Corps training exercise

KING Felipe VI visited White Snake, a military exercise being carried out at the San Gregorio training centre in Zaragoza where 304 members of the Spanish army’s Medical Corps have been training.
Arriving by helicopter at the centre, Felipe de Borbon was given an initial explanation of the exercise, named White Snake due to the Medical Corps’ serpent symbol, before doing a tour and inspection of the units.
The training exercise was used to polish tactics, techniques and health support procedures used by the corps, which is also prepared to work with civilians and assist during catastrophes.
NBQ (Nuclear, Chemical and Biological) teams from the corps took part in the Ebola campaign in Spain and were also present after the earthquake in Lorca (Murcia) four years ago.
Lieutenant colonel of the Medical Corps’ headquarters, Aurora Molina, explained that the groups were trained to care for soldiers’ health, get as near as possible to wounded soldiers and get them out alive to be treated.
To this end, the training exercise focused on perfecting evacuation in helicopters and reducing the time teams need to get operating, which Molina said had been honed down to about 10-15 minutes.
The King expressed great interest in all the techniques and tactics described to him and was shown all the equipment used, which includes Cougar helicopters carrying medical equipment and decontamination units.

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