Training Ukranian soldiers in combat medicine
The Icelandic team with Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, Iceland's Foreign Minister. Photo/The Foreign Ministry of Iceland
Iceland has joined a UK-led training programme for Ukrainian soldiers and is the first country to do so. The programme aims to train trainers in combat medicine so that they can pass on their knowledge to other soldiers in the field is reported in an announcement from the Icelandic government.
The program has already started and there are four sessions planned this year. Each training session will last around 5 weeks. Iceland will send 2-3 specially trained individuals for each session. Other countries are expected to partake in the program in the coming weeks.
"We are proud to contribute"
Experience has shown that quick and correct responses on the battlefield can greatly increase the life expectancy and prognosis of those injured in conflict. “We are proud to be able to contribute to this important training mission, which hopefully can decrease the number of casualties caused by Russia's war of aggression,” says Foreign Minister Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir.
The training takes place in the United Kingdom and instructors from the Greater Reykjavik District Fire and Rescue Service, who have special training as paramedics, participate in the programme on behalf of Iceland.