Care Flight team that serves Truckee wins Mountain Warfare Training Challenge |

Care Flight team that serves Truckee wins Mountain Warfare Training Challenge

RENO, Nev. and#8212; A team of three Care Flight representatives recently competed and won the corporate team division of the United State Marine Corpand#8217;s sixth annual Mountain Warfare Training Challenge in Bridgeport, Calif. The race consists of a challenging 10K off-road run with obstacles such as tire course, low crawl, five-foot wall climb and tunnel crawl at the Marine Corpand#8217;s Mountain Warfare Training Center in the Toiyabe National Forest. The race started and ended at an elevation of 6,880 feet and participants climbed as high as 7,588 feet during the race. Care Flight team members included Tracy Hood, Alan Dobrowolski and Mike Garrett.

Established in 1951 specifically to provide mountain and cold weather training for replacement personnel bound for Korea, the Mountain Warfare Training Center is one of the Marine Corpsand#8217; most remote and isolated posts and one of its most difficult training grounds. The Center is located at 6,762 feet, on 46,000 acres of the Toiyabe National Forest, 21 miles northwest of Bridgeport, Calif. and 100 miles south of Reno. Temperatures can reach as low as 20 degrees and snow accumulation can reach depths of up to eight feet.

Care Flight began in 1981 and was a shared program of Washoe Medical Center, Saint Maryand#8217;s Regional Medical Center and Northern Nevada Medical Center, providing fast, high-quality emergency medical service and rescue to the remote and rugged areas of northern Nevada and northeastern California. In 1986, Care Flight was placed under the authority of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to create a comprehensive EMS system with fully integrated ground emergency medical services as well.

Care Flight is always standing by with experienced critical care flight nurses, specially trained flight paramedics and skilled pilots ready to respond at a momentand#8217;s notice to the requests from public safety agencies, hospitals, physicians, or other health or public service organizations.

Care Flight provides service within a 150-mile radius of each of its four bases located in Reno, Gardnerville, Lovelock and Truckee. Care Flight responds to many high-altitude locations and rugged mountain rescue locations. Care Flight can provide critical care levels of services to critically ill and injured patients at accident scenes and rural health care centers in minutes.

and#8212; Scott Walquist is the media representative and community advisor of Care Flight, an emergency medical transportation service. Submitted to the via

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