STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES WHEN UTILISING A CSAR MEDEVAC WITHIN THE PLATOON
MEDICAL ROLES WITHIN THE PLATOON
Squads - All infantry squads will keep their embedded medic. This medic will no take PAK or Blood Bags. They will operate as Battlefield Triage Personnel.
VALKYRIE/ANGEL FLIGHT - 1-2 Combat Search And Rescue Blackhawks crewed by 1 pilot & 2 CSAR Doctors; or 1-2 CSAR Ambulance crewed by 1 Driver & 2-3 Doctors.
Idea being that Batt. Triage Personnel will assess injuries on the field, decide how necessary a Medevac is, and if needed instruct the SL to request (or possibly request themselves) a CSAR Bird to attend the scene.
COMMS & SIGNALS
Squad Leaders should have LRs set to 2 channels - 69 (For general comms) and 66 - The Emergency Channel. This Channel will be monitored by the Medevac Birds themselves for emergency calls. Any Medevac request should be done on Frequency 66. PLEASE NOTE - 66 Shall be used at the Forward Air Controller's discretion.
The CSAR Medics should have two channels set on your Short Range. One set to 66 - The Emergency Channel, and the other set to your Team Frequency (for example 66.5).
The Pilot/Driver of the Medevac Vehicle should have their Long Range on two Frequencies - 68/67 (For FAC or RTO respectively) and 66 (For Emergency Comms). Their Short Range should be set to the Team Frequency (e.g. 66.5)
The Medevac Vehicle essentially acts as a ‘signal booster’ for the Medics on the ground. The CSAR Medics listen to calls in their immediate vicinity whereas the Medevac Vehicle will listen to Company-wide communications.
Now, for that to work effectively the troops on the ground will need to learn & adhere to some simple Medvac contact SOPs - which I have modified from the US Army 9-lines.
MEDEVAC COMMS STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
LINE 1 : CALL SIGN - Your Unit call sign; who you are calling.
LINE 2 : LOCATION - Clearly mark & transmit your location on the map.
LINE 3 : PATIENT PRECEDENCE - How urgent is your request?
- CAT 1 Urgent [immediate risk of death/combat ineffective personnel - unconscious & unable to move]
- CAT 2 Priority [combat ineffective personnel - broken limbs but conscious & able to move]
- CAT 3 Routine [minor wounds & resupply of medical equipment]
- CAT 4 At Your Convenience [body collection]
LINE 4 : NUMBER OF PATIENTS - How many lives are at risk?
LINE 5 : LZ SECURITY - How secure is the area you're in?
- GREEN - Safe [no hostile presence]
- BLUE - Secured [sporadic, inaccurate hostile fire - no definitive risk]
- YELLOW - In Contact [hostiles present in area, LZ deemed secure] - more as a warning to expect fire while flying in/out
- RED - Heavy Contact [multiple hostiles present, squad under sustained & accurate fire] - should ONLY be used when the CSAR is critically needed.
LINE 6 : LZ MARKING - What smoke/lights have you used to mark the LZ?