Extraction/Medical Vehicle

Since someone, somewhere might be shot or hurt even during extraction and need medical help, stock a medical/extraction vehicle for those who are unable to physically/medically keep up with the fighters, to drive.

Preferably a large van, suburban or truck to have room to work in and keep supplies. Consider removing the seats to give you more room. A vehicle with rear seat doors on both sides is a plus. A tailgate or dutch doors is preferable to a lifting hatch such as on a mini-van since you can open and close much quicker. Be aware though that those doors will be the the focus of enemy fire so you should make sure the vehicle is protected from enemy fire to protect the people inside and those getting in. You could armor the vehicle with steel plates or kevlar but the first is heavy causing you to lose speed and the second is very expensive.

Equip the vehicle with scanners and radios to monitor and be able to communicate with the team.Is the vehicle driving into a firefight? They might like to know before hand and just because it sounds like WW3 to you doesn't mean they know what is happening. For the price of simple FRS radios, there should be no reason not to have some kind of communication.Just make sure everyone knows what freqs to be on at any gven point! If you don't have mobile radios make sure you have at least an external antenna so you can actually pick up your teams transmissions.

Is the enemy looking for your white conversion van that picked up a bunch of "terrorists"? DWI checkpoint ahead? Nice to know stuff. A "scout car" and knowing local fire, police, ems, etc freqs can come in very handy.

Your gonna need some light to work in the rear. If you do not have lights built in you can add some to your existing 12volt system or use battery operated lights. Removing the fabric on the sides and painting white will increase your light. You should be able to block out the windows and separation between driver and rear so you can have light in back without blinding the driver or making yourself look like a store front window. Either use heavy cloth and tape or put velcro around windows and stick pre-made "black outs" up.

Medical and misc supplies.

It's not practical to carry everything you could use with you in the field especailly if just for a short mission so make sure your vehicle can cope with whatever trauma or events you might expect.

  • Laryngoscopes with tubes, etc
  • Bag valve maskes
  • oxygen
  • Oral and nasal airways
  • IV fluids, angios, starter sets. Mount a hook on the ceiling to hang your bags. Make sure you non-medical people can spike a bag so they can assist you.
  • BP kit
  • tournakit
  • gallons of sterile fluid (water,saline)to irrigate, flush or cool wounds
  • boxes of gauze and 4x4s
  • blankets
  • clock on the wall so you know what time you did what especially if giving meds
  • some kind of form to write vitals on (PCR)
  • medications, aspirin, codeine, D10, D50 with thiamine or oral glucose (use squeeze cake frosting) for diabetics, anti-biotics especially if you have a fear of CBW or NBC warefare, epinephrine, atropine, pennacillin, daily use meds, etc. Keep the meds in a stong box so they can be kept together and dropped off at an improvised nurse facility. This is why you could carry long care meds too so you have them later if needed. What if you can't get back to where you want to go to right away?
  • Mark I kit
  • gas masks if not carried including for the crew
  • several days food and water or a filter plus storage container
  • plus whatever BOV supplies you would normally keep

    If the vehicle is outside in winter make sure your O2 cylinders and IV fluid is warm or inside in "jump bags" ready to go so you don't kill your patient.

    I've worked on people with pretty severe wounds and the blood just flows out and all over the place especailly in a moving vehicle making everything slippery. To prevent sanitary problems and assist in clean up rip out the rugs so you can hose out blood later. Or if your handy, make a floor to work on that blood can drain into (like a grate or a tub) and into a recepticle. You don't want to leave a trail of blood going down the road behind you. A simple dam to keep fluids in one spot can prevent a mess too.

    Also maybe some nice hot meals and drinks, blankets for your team mates? They will probably be tired, cold, hungry and dehydrated even if no one is injured. For me being out for several days means massive headaches if I don't drink enough. ASPIRINE!!! Fresh gear too? Clean clothes,guns, AMMO, batteries etc.

    What if your vehicle is ambushed or stopped to the extraction or from? You need to be able to protect yourself and resupply soldiers. A person or three riding 'shotgun" should be required.

    Stock sutures and more long term care items (jump bags are wonderful things) and you can use the vehicle as mobile hospital. Or deposit the patient and the jump bag at a secure location and set up a field hospital. Maybe include a tent, cot and battery lights for this plus whatever other long term care items you can use.

    Just scratching the surface. Supplies and uses limited only by your ability and imagination