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Posted: December 14, 2017 3:42 p.m.
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Medics train Afghan legal professionals

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Sergeant 1st Class Bartholomew Anderson, the senior medic for the 3rd ID Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, demonstrates the application of a splint on Lt. Col. Charles Noble, the 3rd ID RSSB Surgeon, during a first aid course on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6.

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The senior medic and brigade surgeon for the 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade conducted a first aid class for Afghan legal professionals at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6.

The course was intended to give Afghan judges, attorneys and criminal investigators at Parwan Prison, located adjacent to the military installation, a basic understanding of first aid techniques in the event they are attacked while conducting their duties.

“We talked about what to do in the event of an emergency,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bartholomew Anderson, the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB Senior Medic who helped lead the training. “The intent was to show them the right order in which to treat a casualty.”

During the course, Anderson identified some of the most life-threatening conditions and demonstrated how to provide immediate care for those conditions. Following each demonstration the civilians in class were able to practice on each other.

“We had them put on tourniquets, put on bandages, and we showed them how to care for other injuries like a chest wound, for example,” said Anderson. “From there we showed them how to take care of some minor splinting and basic casualty movement.”

The participants tied on bandages, and secured tourniquets on each other under the supervision of the medics.

Legal professionals in Afghanistan have a very dangerous job, and working at Afghanistan’s primary military prison makes them high profile targets. That’s why this training is so important, said Lt. Col. Derek Shoup, chief counsel for the National Security Justice Development

Directorate, who coordinated the training.

“Most of the prisoners here are convicted or suspected terrorists,” said Shoup, “so we are concerned with prison breaks, attacks, or people who want to seek vengeance on the justice system.”

The threats these lawyers, judges and investigators face is varied, so they should be prepared for the worst.

“These gentlemen spend a lot of time with the prisoners,” said Anderson. “If somebody attacks one of them, how do they treat themselves? How do they treat each other?”

“There have been some carjacking incidents, specifically against people in the justice system,” said Shoup, “but luckily so far there hasn’t been a major attack on the prison itself.”

Both Anderson and Shoup agreed that the training went well, and the participants took some important knowledge away from it. They all practiced the techniques and seemed to have fun doing it.

“It’s nice to have a group of students that not only wants to learn but wants to make it enjoyable while they learn,” said Anderson. “It helps people to retain what they’ve been taught.”

“It was good hands-on training which I think is a good way to make sure they remember how to use it,” said Shoup, “as opposed to a dry class where you don’t get to practice the techniques.”

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