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Emergency Medical Training

My first tour in Bosnia really because I had my 5’s behind me, I was a Master Corporal at the time and working at a field ambulance we did a lot of training in the unit for mass casualties, for anything like bomb threats, that kind of stuff. We also went down to the local hospital in Calgary to the morgue so we got used to seeing dead bodies and physically touching them so we know what to expect because it’s a real shock if you have never seen a dead person before to all of a sudden show up to an accident and see something, a lot of emergency medical training. We were really drilled into our head emergency management, you come upon a car accident, whatever, over and over every week that’s what we trained with. So going over to Bosnia you really felt prepared but you are never really prepared until you get there and actually see the real thing. We did a lot of the mine awareness, you know, what ground not to step on and that kind of stuff but that’s pretty much army general for the training overseas, the bomb threats and stuff like that.

Mr. Williams details the type of training provided in Canada and in Bosnia to better prepare the medics for the tragedy and despair they may encounter.

Andy Williams

Mr. Williams was born June 24, 1964 in Trenton, Ontario. His father being in the Air Force, Mr. Williams had the strong desire to join, however, when his time came, the decision for service would be army and began his training career as an army medic. In 1985 he joined as a reservist and spent 25 years with the Regular Force. In 1997, Mr. Williams was deployed to Bosnia with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Royal Canadians holding rank of master corporal. Another opportunity for a posting was exercised in 1998 when he deployed to Kosovo, this time with the 1 Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Mr. William’s army career as a medic took him to many In-Canada posting serving with the Canadian military and upon retirement resides in Berwick, Nova Scotia with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
March 19, 2014
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Andy Williams
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Canadian Armed Forces
Lord Strathcona’s Horse

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