FORT IRWIN, Calif. (KKTV) - More than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers will be deployed overseas this winter. It's their largest deployment since the Cold War.
Fort Carson soldiers train for a mass-casualty scenario while at the Army's National Training Center.
Recently, 11 News Reporter Katie Pelton got a chance to embed with some Fort Carson soldiers at the Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.
As part of their training, they deal with mass causality scenarios.
Explosions can be heard in the middle of a hot day at the Army's National Training Center. Dressed in moulage, patients are brought back to the medical aid station.
It's all part of training for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
"As a part of the exercise, some of our units took casualties out there on the battlefield from enemy fire, they were going to fight," said Maj. Scott Stephens, executive officer of the 1st Battalion of the 8th Infantry, of the 3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
"Those casualties were evacuated back here to our battalion aid station where we have medics, physician assistant, and our surgeon, who triage, evaluate and treat our soldiers," he added.
One by one, there's a steady stream of injured during the mass-casualty training scenario.
"They have blood and clothes, so you can actually do the trauma medicine that we're taught to do," said Dr. Laina Cafego.
"Those patients are also real amputees that come in as actors and it was amazing to see what we’ve been practicing the past couple of days, come together as a unit of really seeing these medics in action.”
The wounds may be fake, but the medics treat them as if they are real - taking vitals and wrapping patients with bandages.
"There’s a time limit that we need to get them evaced back out, so a lot of it is just kind of either verbalizing medical treatment that we wouldn't do unless they truly were a trauma patient," said Dr. Cafego.
"The goal is all about stabilizing our soldiers, and getting them to that next higher level of care," said Maj. Stephens.
A drill for doctors, training for what could come with a deployment.
"This training is so intense that I can see everyone's strength and weaknesses," said Dr. Cafego.
"The bullets are fake, the blood is fake, before we go experience it for real," Maj. Stephens added.