You're welcome.......re headphones - whoosh ? Ask an Air Engineer ! Probably pinched or traded.....there is a lot of kit/technique/knowledge sharing goes on around them and Pedro/Dust-Off ....horses for courses....
There seems to be a feeling that MERT has been given more coverage than any other part of the Casevac chain.....not sure I agree.....but I understand how it can feel that way.
As I said, the MERT team I spoke to reserve their admiration for the people on the GROUND who bring them live patients to treat, whilst often under fire themselves......
Patients come into Camp Bastion Role 3 Hospital via three different helicopter EM teams:
Following the MoD Camera team's piece above on MERT , I came across the attached YouTube short on the work of the US Army Dust-Off teams.....although it is now a bit dated it says what it needs to...enjoy:
I know that from my own experience, the shout that "Pedro" callsign was inbound gave you the warmest fuzzy feeling. You got the impression that those guys would land on top of Terry if it meant they could pluck that casualty off the battlefield.
Couldn't help but give them a big thumbs up as they back over the top of you!
No question, though, that MERT has the best clinical skillset, and brings the most sophisticated techniques to the patient. Pedro will go anywhere, but their clinical skills sometimes seem to have been traded for parachuting, diving and other ally aspects of the role. I gather that the cousins see the MERT concept as the way ahead, and are working on something similar.