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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland


26 September 2018

204 (North Irish) Field Hospital recently conducted a 5-day field training exercise in Surrey and Hampshire to hone the essential field battle skills required to operate a medical facility in a remote hostile environment.

The main aim of Exercise LONGWEY FINN was to continue the highly successful ‘Back to Basics’ training delivered earlier in the year, which led to 204 winning the Reserve AMSTTE (Army Medical Services Tactical Training Exercise) competition in June.

Training took place on Ash Ranges in Surrey and Longmoor Training Area in Hampshire and it was a highly motivational experience for all personnel involved.

A Medical Planning Exercise was run by the CO to ensure that key personnel would be confident to plan when and where a Field Hospital could be placed, and to fully understand the capabilities of all possible configurations.

A TRiM (trauma risk management) course was also held during the exercise, to ensure 204 has the required number of trained personnel to support the Unit on return from Ops. TRiM is a means of allowing us to assess how people are coping after a traumatic event, and offer assistance if and when required.

The adventurous training phase was based in Chickerell Camp, Weymouth, and consisted of Coasteering, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Trekking and Mountain Biking.

Ex LONGWEY FINN was attended in full or part by 94 Unit members – an extremely high turnout in an individual training year, setting us up once again to break our highest Certificate of Efficiency attainment record, which last year was 90%! 

All in all, it was another hugely successful continuation training event for the unit, who are now looking ahead to the plans for 2019!