Military exercises: Hospital, staff part of disaster training


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A Black Hawk helicopter touched down on the helipad and soldiers moved two patients with severe facial burns onto hospital gurneys.

To passers-by, the military training exercise at Johnson Memorial Hospital this week looked about as real as it can get, aside from the numerous people recording the training on cellphones and iPads.

A simulated 911 call for the air ambulance came into Johnson County’s dispatch center in the morning. A local dispatcher contacted the military for help and the Black Hawk team from San Antonio made the flight from Camp Atterbury into Franklin with the patients. Soldiers unloaded the patients, and Johnson Memorial Hospital nurses rolled gurneys into the trauma center.

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