As a HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) brigade, when the launchers go out they’re typically alone and a good distance away from medics. This distance, although created for tactical reasons, leaves soldiers without access to adequate initial medical treatment in case of any injury or emergency due to enemy fire or operating mishap. To minimize casualties during the Golden Hour, the initial hour to effectively treat a casualty, which is proven to save lives, it’s important to give first line responders the greatest chance to save lives, within their scope of training.
This is where the Steel First Responder Program (SFRP) comes to play. The SFRP was created to give soldiers a more in-depth look at the Combat Lifesaver program and give them the confidence and abilities to operate in isolated environments. The “Steel” Brigade seeks to increase each soldier’s first aid capabilities to ensure better and quicker medical attention during future missions. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System crews and other brigade personnel often operate in austere environments, making it essential that soldiers are trained at the highest level possible to provide quality first aid to each other during medical emergencies. A program worthy of being extended to all Uniformed Services units operating in this type of environments everywhere.