In July, the Armada de Chile conducted its 10th annual Combat Casualty Care Course, also known as C4. The event consisted of 158 students representing nine countries, including Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A select group of civilians, including firefighters, governmental EMS and Red Cross responders, joined the exercise in order to increase readiness and share the lessons learned in the field.
The Chilean Navy offers the course in cooperation with the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI) at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Instructors from the Armada de Chile and other military branches, the Chilean Red Cross, the Chile Emergency Public Health Service and DMRTI conducted tactical field care, evacuation care and care under fire simulation exercises.
The Chilean American C4 was the first course of its type offered on the continent, and the first to incorporate simulation training. This year's participants trained with CAE Healthcare’s Caesar, iStan, ECS®-Emergency Care Simulator and METIman simulators. “We felt very confortable with the simulators, and the field tactical experience was incredibly real,” said CDR Carlos Rivera MD, director and instructor of the C4 course in Chile for 10 years.
Since 2003, more than 1,100 students have participated in the C4 field exercises, lectures and skill station training. The Chilean version of C4 is unique because it trains across the spectrum of combat care, including doctors and medics to Special Forces officers, in order to facilitate teamwork and “train the trainers.”