A new initiative has begun to train leaders on how to properly handle casualty response and the training  is open to all units on Fort Bragg.

A Casualty Response Course takes place at the Medical Simulation Training Center (Building 0-9036, off Macridge Road.

It is open preferably to platoon sergeants and leaders above the rank of sergeant, said Lt. Col. John Detro, deputy surgeon, Clinical Operations/Training, XVIII Airborne Corps.

“The more experienced person shows what right looks like,” said Detro.

The one-day course is geared towards hands-on training, he said.

The goal is to teach non-medical leaders how to take charge in a casualty response situation.

Leaders will learn skills such as how to establish a security perimeter, how to set up casualty collection points, how to identify patients for tracking, collection of sensitive items, and accountability of personnel, explained Detro.

The course offers information that is vital to helping to maintain situational awareness and to thwarting other serious medical injuries or casualties.

Attendees will be exposed to three traumatic  situations: an improvised explosive device blast, helicopter crash and causalities during a raid. These situations teach leaders to rely on their skills rather than on medics.

The course, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will run twice a month at minimum. Upcoming dates will be

Oct. 9 Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Nov. 14 Nov. 22

Students are expected to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and should bring their advance combat helmet, outer tactical vest and other tactical gear needed for combat operations.

For more information on the course, please contact Gracie Adderly at  907-1781.