The director of humanitarian initiatives of the UWC, Dr. Ulana Suprun, launched the project Patriot Defence (www.patriotdefence.org) to train Ukrainian soldiers in military specific Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), CLS, and long range patrol medic courses, and is providing IFAKs to each soldier trained and combat backpacks to each long range patrol medic trained. Patriot Defence has developed and is purchasing the components of an IFAK based on the US military standard: http://www.usamma.amedd.army.mil/assets/docs/IFAK.pdf. We provide a standardized IFAK to each soldier trained. Each IFAK costs approximately $100. You can read more about the IFAK on the site patriotdefence.org.
NATO certified instructors and newly trained Ukrainian CLS and TCCC certified instructors teach the soldiers in combat first aid and military medics in pre-hospital care designed specifically for military personnel. All TCCC courses are not necessarily military oriented. Some are for law enforcement and civilian agencies. The courses are identical to the ones taught to NATO and US soldiers and have been enhanced to provide training for the realities on the ground.
The military requires specific combat-oriented training, and our professional instructors are former US, British and Czech military medics and doctors including Ukrainian doctors with years of actual combat experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Lebanon, and other combat theatres.
A short film about our training program produced by #Babylon'13: http://youtu.be/6_pl12HIejU
Patriot Defence training vignettes are available on-line at: http://www.youtube.com/PatriotDefenceUA
Regular updates about the program are available on the Patriot Defence Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/patriot.defence.ua
There are costs associated with professional equipment and trainers. The Organization for the Defence of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) is collecting the funds to purchase the components of the IFAK that are not available in Ukraine. Dnipro LLC is providing broker agent services at no cost. Air Ukraine International is transporting the items purchased in the US to Kyiv on their airplanes at no charge.