The difference between life and death is having the skills necessary to treat wounded on the battlefield. Tactical combat casualty care training teaches Marines and Sailors how to treat a casualty quickly and successfully to save lives.

Marines and Sailors with 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) treated simulated casualties on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jan. 30.

“This is vitally important,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Benjamin Bartkowski, a Navy corpsman with 8th ESB. “If they go out and do this for the first time in combat, they would make mistakes. I would rather have them discover their faults here than in real life.”

According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Almost 90 percent of American service members who die from combat wounds do so before they arrive at a medical treatment facility. The exercise aims to enhance the working relationship between young Marines and corpsman so they can increase their overall speed when dealing with wounded.

“This entire training event was focused on squad leaders, corporals and the sergeants to raise their proficiency,” said Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Brannen a combat engineer with 8th ESB. “It is good they see this now and what is expected of them so that when they go on deployment they know what to do.”

During the TCCC training, Marines role-played as wounded casualties with injuries such as lacerations, gunshot wounds and fractured bones in a combat environment, while corpsmen trained to stabilize them.

After treating the casualty, they transported the wounded to CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters for evacuation to a simulated higher echelon of care.

“I expected the Marines to learn the feeling of what it’s like to see a casualty on the ground and to know that that’s a fellow Marine that they need to help,” said Brannen.

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