Ukrainian instructors in charge of first aid training

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Article / August 12, 2016

By: Sergeant Yann Gauthier, Chief Instructor, Medical Training, Joint Task Force, Ukraine

With 45 instructors trained by medical personnel of the Joint Task Force in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER is ready to switch into high gear to intensify its training efforts and concentrate on mentoring.

On July 29, Ukrainian instructors gave the entire combat first aid training session to 36 of their Ukrainian fellow soldiers. The latter are now ready to put what they have learned into practice owing to the teachings of these Ukrainian instructors. This achievement is evidence of the Ukrainian Forces’ capacity to provide quality training in line with NATO standards. This effort is an important milestone that marks the beginning of the mentoring phase of OP UNIFIER’s medical training stream.

Each of these Ukrainian instructors has followed a rigorous two-week training session to test their medical knowledge and hone their instructional techniques. During those days, they received instruction from Canadian medical technicians on the new national combat first aid standards. In the end, 45 soldiers from the four corners of Ukraine passed the training and were certified as instructors. They will be part of the multinational effort to qualify all Ukrainian troops in combat first aid. Some of them will be assigned to train Ukrainian soldiers taking part in the 55-day training, while others will use their skills to teach new Ukrainian recruits at the 184th Training Centre in Starychi.

The Task Force and the Ukrainians take pride in these impressive results. During the graduation parade, Capt Azziz Aziez, Chief Surgeon, OP UNIFIER, said:  “This is a big step forward for the Ukrainian Forces, but also a major achievement for the medical team. These accomplishments will have an exponential impact.” Ukrainian instructors will ensure the future of medical training and maintain standards comparable to Canadian standards.

The appetite for instructor training is growing. The deployment of OP UNIFIER members is ending triumphantly. Ukrainian and Canadian instructors are planning new courses together. As a result of the greater number of Ukrainian instructors, our Canadian medical technicians of the next rotation will be able to concentrate on their work as mentors. The future of medical training is certainly promising and the medical team can leave with their heads held high.

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