Medical skills training for counterterrorism teams

Last week, 36 counterterrorism teams from Norway, Switzerland and 27 EU countries honed their medical skills in the Netherlands. This took place at the Defence Medical Training Institute (IDGO), where Defence instructors provided an important contribution to the international harmonisation of the medical practice and procedures of these teams.

A soldier helping a simulated casualty.

The medical training was given by the Special Intervention Service (DSI), the counterterrorism unit of the Netherlands. The unit is part of the National Unit of the police and is prepared for any type of terrorist situation or other emergency. The DSI trains regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. Around 60% of DSI personnel (intervention and support) are from the Defence organisation.