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Marines, sailors demonstrate life saving capabilities

2 Oct 2012 | 2nd Lt. Savannah Moyer

SAN FRANCISCO – Marines and sailors with 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, will be demonstrating the capability sets of the Forward Resuscitative Surgical System and Shock Trauma Platoon in a medical exercise from 8 to 11 a.m. at Ocean Beach, Wednesday.

The FRSS/STP system is a highly mobile, rapidly deployable trauma surgical unit that provides the supplies and equipment to perform 18 emergency surgical interventions in a 48-hour period to stabilize casualties that might otherwise die before reaching treatment.

“Our team has saved thousands of lives in the combat environment,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Hawley, surgical technician, Advisory Training Group, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group. “I am excited to show the community how we accomplish this.”

Hawley and other subject matter experts with combat casualty care experience will be available to speak to those in attendance.
Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese, commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and Navy Captain James LeTexier, commanding officer, 1st Med. Batt., 1st MLG, are also scheduled to attend the exercise.