illnesses based upon an evaluation of the casualties. If any casualty has serious
bleeding, determine the casualty's blood type, if known. The information will help the
unit controlling aeromedical evacuation to determine what, if any, special equipment or
special supplies are needed.
g. Method of Marking Pickup Site (Line 7). Determine how the pickup site is
to be marked for identification by the helicopter pilot. The method is usually determined
by your unit leader based upon the military situation and the materials available.
Common methods of marking the pickup site are:
Strips of fabric or parachute.
Tree branches, pieces of wood, or stones placed together.
Signal lamp or flashlight.
The information is required to assist the evacuation aircraft crew in identifying
the specific location of the pickup site. The color of the panels, smoke, or
other markings should not be transmitted until the air ambulance contacts
the unit just prior to arrival. For security reasons, the air ambulance crew
should identify the color of the markings or smoke and the person on the
ground should verify the color.
h. Patient Nationality and Status (Line 8). Based upon information obtained
from the casualties, determine which categories listed below are represented. The
number of casualties in each category does not need to be determined. The
information will help the unit coordinating the evacuation to identify which facilities
should receive casualties and whether guards are needed. The categories are:
United States (US) military.
United States civilian.
Military other than US military.