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Marines put first aid class in 'hip pocket'

5 Mar 2008 | Cpl. Ray Lewis

Besides beans and bullets, Marines need to know how to use band-aids.

 So Marines of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment were taught how to use “band-aids” and other first aid techniques during an impromptu medical class here March 5.

 The group received the instruction between training sessions of Mojave Viper—the Corps' premier pre-deployment desert training.

 Marines feel first-aid is imperative.

 “It’s important to so I can save my buddy’s life and so he can save my life, too,” said Pfc. Luke N. Mantalica, 21, a rifleman from North St. Paul, Minn., who is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan soon.

 Pfc. Joseph B. Jordan added, “Hopefully it won’t come to that.”

 But it’s always helpful to have a little healing power, he said.

 “Before I joined the Marine Corps I was part of the fire department,” said Jordan, 19, a rifleman from Brazoria, Texas. “It’s always good to retrain up on some first aid just in case some stuff happens. And it’s always good to have someone looking out for me and I know they’re looking out for me and I’m looking out for them just as well.”

 The corpsmen with the battalion are glad to teach.

 “I educate my Marines so they know what to do if their buddy gets hurt,” said Seaman Apprentice Brian Rumbles, 20, a corpsman from Bethesda, Md.

 Rumbles spun the Marines up on direct pressure and intravenous fluid techniques. He also taught the Marines how to deal with head trauma, shock and massive bleeding.

 Rumbles said there’s one thing he hopes his Marine take from hip-pocket class.

 “To remain calm under pressure, and make sure they’re patient remains calm, so they don’t go into shock and escalate their situation,” he said.

 Rumbles' satisfaction is in seeing the Marines picking up the medical skills and using them in practice.

 “They’re important and I want as many corpsmen as possible teaching them,” he said.