EUFOR has provided two major training courses at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, this week, instructing Armed Forces BiH (AF BiH) personnel and members of the Mostar and Zenica Mountain Rescue Teams.
The AF BiH personnel underwent a 7 day training course to rescue injured personnel from minefields. The course began with theoretical training in the classroom, before the students conducted practical exercises, firstly using a crane to simulate airborne access to the minefield, and then using an AF BiH Mi-8 helicopter.
Successful completion of the course will enable AF BiH attendees to quickly and efficiently rescue an injured person, whilst minimizing the risk to the rescuer.
Members of Mostar and Zenica Mountain Rescue Teams were being trained on a separate course, designed to enhance their ability to winch injured personnel into helicopters. While most of EUFOR’s training programme is designed for AF BiH, cooperation with life-saving civil authorities is also extremely beneficial.
EUFOR’s capacity building and training programme is designed primarily to ensure that AF BiH have the skills to deploy and positively contribute to international missions abroad and humanitarian assistance at home.
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