MEDEVAC request

MEDEVAC  request – 9-liner

No matter what formation you are from, the most desired assets and forces you would like to see in a shity situation are the angels with red cross on helos – MEDEVAC crews. They are nicknamed DUSTOFF in Afghanistan and they go where the humans and sophisticated equipment failed, leading to some casualties. Before they come to rescue you they must be called in. And then this post comes in handy.

Undoubtedly it is a part of every army training. Every soldier should know it by heart – just in case. This is the most important request you may be required to place while in the field. Because of 9 lines it consists of , sometimes it is called “a 9-liner.” Before we call a MEDEVAC over the radio it is good to gather some necessary details – the data you will be requested to give the rescuers to make their mission feasible.

MEDEVAC – necessary information

Soldiers awaiting MEDEVAC bird to land

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Write down your frequency, callsign, co-ordinates of the pick-up site. Make the initial assessment of your wounded fellows, specifying any additional equipment they might need. Remember, the better you are prepared for placing the request the faster the request will be accepted and the crew on the way to your position. Normally, MEDEVAC crews on duty are ready to take off within several minutes since notice-to-move is passed to them. Those great guys, however, are very often much faster in the air. Their performance greatly depends on your precise information. Remember that in order to initiate their reaction you do not have to give all nine lines. It is enough to give first 5 lines, the remaining 4 you may pass while in the air. Also try not to speak more than 25-30 seconds. Make breaks between the lines – you will give the duty officer time to write down and pass the information.

MEDEVAC request template

Below you will find the full template of the MEDEVAC request (so called nine-liner):

Line 1: Location of the pick-up site:

Line 2: Radio frequency, call sign and suffix:

Line 3: Number of patients of precedence:
A – Urgent;
B – Urgent surgical;
C – Priority;
D – Routine;
E – Convenience.

Line 4: Special equipment required:
A – None;
B – Hoist;
C – Extraction equipment;
D – Ventilator.

Line 5: Number of patients:
A –  Litter;
B – Ambulatory.

Line 6: Security at pick-up site (in peacetime – number of wounds, injuries, and illnesses)
A – No enemy troops in area;
B – Possible enemy troops in area (approach with caution);
C – enemy troops in area (approach with caution);
D – enemy troops in area (armed escort required).

Line 7: Method of pick-up site marking:
A – Panel;
B – Pyrotechnic signal;
C – Smoke signal;
D – None; E – Other

Line 8: Patient nationality and status:
A – US military;
B – US civilian;
C – Non-US military;
D – Non-US civilian;

Line 9: NBC contamination (in peacetime – terrain description of pick-up site):
N – Nuclear;
B – Biological
C – Chemical

MEDEVAC request – example

And here is an example of a MEDEVAC request:

Line 1: 42W XC 34590 43291

Line 2: 151.57250 FM, COYOTE 01

Line 3: A – 1; D – 2

Line 4: Alpha

Line 5: A – 1; B – 2.

Line 6: Bravo

Line 7: Charlie, green

Line 8: Charlie – 2; Echo – 1.

Line 9: None