Canadian Team wins U.K. military medical competition
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from 2 Field Ambulance, Garrison Petawawa finished first at the annual Army Medical Services Tactical Training Exercise Competition held in the United Kingdom in early July.
The 2 Field Ambulance team made history—beating out 21 teams from four other countries—by becoming the first international team to win the two-day British Army Medical Service competition.
The competition saw medical regiments from throughout Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Norway, and Canada testing their skills in a number of simulated scenarios.
Taking place at Strensall Training Area in Strensall, North Yorkshire, the competition provided a competitive format for international teams to demonstrate leadership, command, control, military and medical special-to-arm skills required to succeed in the current operational environments.
On the first day of competition, the Canadian team proved to be a force to be reckoned with as they completed a 2.5-km run in ‘full fighting order’ and patrol packs in 11 minutes, and stripped and assembled the U.K. SA80 assault rifle, while blindfolded, with a faster time than their U.K. counterparts. At the end of day one, Team Canada placed fourth, setting them within arm’s reach of the championship title.
The second day challenged the CAF team with a 300 m section attack, a 1.6-km weighted stretcher carry, and a demanding team obstacle course.
The incredible efforts put forth by the Canadian team over the two-day competition resulted in a first place finish, as well as ‘Best International Team’ awarded at the closing ceremonies.
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