U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 391
Trail assistance group train for medical emergencies at Fort Ord public lands
“The trained American possesses qualities that are almost unique. Because of his initiative and resourcefulness, his adaptability to change and his readiness to resort to expedient, he becomes, when he has attained a proficiency in all the normal techniques of battle, a most formidable soldier.”
Those characteristics of initiative, resourcefulness and adaptability to change have carried over at the former Fort Ord even as it has made the transition from military to civilian management.
In place of military training by soldiers, on July 11 members of the Bicycle Equestrian Trail Assistance group (BETA) conducted training to deal with medical emergencies on the Fort Ord Public Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Fifteen members of the BETA joined with the BLM, Salinas Rural Fire Department and Cal Star 5 to perform a mock casualty training exercise. The moulage training involved CPR manikins being placed along the trails that BETA members patrol. Once located, BETA members helped direct Salinas Rural EMS crews to the scenes via radio. Each victim had specific medical conditions that needed to be addressed and communicated to advanced medical personnel. (text continues below)
The BLM and BETA have a 12-year long partnership on the Fort Ord Public Lands, where BETA members occasionally assist county EMS operations while out on the BLM trails. BETA members are all trained in First Aid and CPR; a few BETA members have advanced medical training. BETA members wear bright orange uniforms and patrol Fort Ord trail systems on foot, horse and mountain bike. For more information about BETA, see their website at: www.ftordbeta.org.
A member of the Salinas Rural Fire Department directs a Cal Star helicopter to a simulated victim
The helicopter pilot stands by as a medical nurse from Cal Star evaluates the simulated victim be
- Dave Christy, BLM Central California District, 7/09
BLM-California News.bytes, issue 391
|Last updated: 07-15-2009|