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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - August 6, 1967, Tokyo, Japan Briefing hm2 Gene instructor of the navys Para medic Rescue team Wear ing gives a last minute briefing above to students be fore they go out on practice sea Rescue operations in Subic i life Cable student has attached a lift Cable right to downed Pilot and both Are hoisted into hovering waiting student works with downed Pilot far right before chopper comes Back to make dual tree suit a member of the Rescue team wears a special tree suit left used when the team must drop into heavily wooded by Russ Havourd Philippines Bureau chief Wathen it comes to the Fate of a downed Pilot or to someone in a Remote area needing medical Atten Tion that somebody else May Well be the navys paramedic Rescue team 1 stationed the 1 designation for this unit in almost its Story the Only unit of its kind in the armed forces though there Are Many closely related outfits in the Navy and air this is the Only one with full trained medical says Fred paramedic com manding Buehl said his men Are a special Breed of Navy doctors and corpsmen who have volunteered for Cross training in Parachute Jungle survival techniques and difficult conditions Rescue of he also feels the concept of the though still somewhat experimental and of by May develop into a Large step Forward in combat Rescue there Are several units in the air Force and Navy that Are Par Rescue teams that parachutists with some Aid Buehl the advantage of a unit like this is that we can get a medic into areas where it might take ground teams Days or even weeks to we can get a Man in there in a matter of minutes or hours at he a lean and rugged officer who often jumps Buehl takes great Pride in the first conceived in 1962 by two stationed at he said the team was unofficial at first but was later recognized and activated by the his per Sonal wish is that it wont be too much longer before there Are More paramedic units to follow the ground work being Laid by his so far there Are Only five fully qualified Para medics Buehl and Ted hm2 Gene hm3 Joseph Cortez and pr2 Jerome who fills the All important Parachute rigger survival technician from experience gained through several missions in the the paramedics Are constantly revising equipment and techniques to increase their Speed and who is the instructor for the units training courses Given both to its new volunteers and those of the Navy helicopter combat support Squadron 1 is the prime innovator of new equipment and techniques being tested by the he served in Vietnam for 15 months and has a working knowl Edge of what it takes to successfully reach downed pilots or casualty cases in Remote at present Bliss is working on fitting a radio transceiver into the football helmet headgear worn by the paramedics As part of their tree a heavily Canvas jump suit used for drops Over densely wooded if this thing works out As we Hope it the Guys going in will be safer in their jobs because be Able to communicate without speaking so loudly that any Viet Cong in the area can hear Bliss pointed and the interests of those Guys going into Vietnam for Rescue operations is the concern of the paramedic training program Bliss though his outfit itself has not yet run missions Hess 1 has sea air Rescue detachments that since they under went Bliss training program their Success record has greatly in six weeks those Guys have made 10 straight successful each Rescue is estimated to be Worth to the that the Cost of fully training a combat Bliss to train them How to jump from a hovering copter into the apply any needed first Aid such As a splint or bandages right there in the and Hook the Man up for lift into the but there Are other they have to be in top physical shape to help a downed Man while there both in the there Are the Parachute jumps our paramedics have to make sometimes we go in from about feet when the weather pre vents a safer Bliss and when you jump from that height there is no time to rely on a Reserve you have to think make no in order to drop into or near the area youre to work but Why do Bliss and the others forego the Security and relative ease of simply being behind the lines medics perhaps they All feel As he does when he we want those the who Are doing the big Job in Vietnam or anywhere to have every Chance they can if something goes we want them to know he added and when the pilots who have a Brush with Fate and go Down think about the paramedics and like outfits they can rest assured therell be someone else up there who cares Damn As a9

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