A story was pitched to me earlier this week about a training exercise for medical care providers. I was told medics would receive a patient and begin treatment in their mobile, tent hospital and send off the patient on a black hawk helocopter.
Basically, we'd get to see what it's like when medical staff has to respond to a casulty on the battlefield.
The timeline for the exercise was pushed back for hours. So, my photographer and I scrambled to find a way to salvage the story. No one inside the tent was actually training. Since we were in a down time lull, they kind hung at their stations practicing skills, but not really full-speed training.
I focused the story on the fact that this is training down before a unit deploys and touched on the unique capabilities of the unit (a Combat Support Hospital).
Not what I expected, but we made it work.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/search/?l=25&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&t=article%2Cvideo%2Cyoutube%2Ccollection&app=editorial&q=dolasinski