Iraqi Prime Power Production Course students learn CPR
July 6, 2011
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, July 13, 2011 -- Soldiers from the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division recently taught a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course to a group of Iraqi Army Soldiers with the Prime Power Production Course for the Government of Iraq Ali Power Academy.
This comprehensive course of study combines classroom instruction applying physics of electrical power using Ohm's Law, measuring series and parallel circuits to set up the maintenance of generators in single or multiple (power plant) configuration.
Additionally, the course emphasizes the use of safety equipment and trains students on emergency medical first responder skills.
"This course is a key enabler in facilitating the Iraqi military to be self sustaining in electrical power production. This is the third and final course to be conducted here," said Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Campo, 249th Engineer Battalion, noncommissioned officer in charge of the course.
Staff Sgt. Troy Rudolph, and other medics from C Medical Company taught the class to ensure each student was able to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, prior to completing the power production course.
The class consisted of three phases including a lecture in Arabic and English, hands-on training using training aids and choking simulators, and scenario based testing.
The training started with Pfc. Robert Wood, who instructed the first class of the day on electrical burns and injuries. He expressed the nature in which the human body is affected when it encounters electrical shock and just how CPR, performed correctly, can save an injured worker's life.
Spc. Gregory Morgan, who provided the lecture portion of the CPR class, followed him. Upon completion of the lecture, the team of medics split the students up evenly to practice techniques on training aids as they worked through different emergency scenarios.
"I feel as though today we have directly contributed to the brigade's advise, train and assist mission by being able to help the airmen and Soldiers of Iraq build a critical capability, while gaining the skills to save an injured worker," Morgan said.
At the end of the day, the medics tested the class on what they learned. Everyone in the class passed their exam.
Staff Sgt Rudolph said, "I was impressed with the level and depth of knowledge the Iraqi students possessed on the subject of CPR."
The CMC medics look forward to many more training opportunities with the Iraqis.