Call Sign “C-MERT”: The development of the Canadian Medical Emergency Response Team
The evacuation of wounded military personnel is an important aspect of modern conflict resolution. Although casualties are fewer, the public attention they receive is much greater. Militaries are expected to use every possible means to rescue those in urgent need of medical treatment. The transport of victims has evolved with technology and, in particular, the advent of helicopters. As advances in helicopter technologies permitted more reliable aircraft and improved capabilities, emergency response has become more sophisticated. This article traces the use of helicopters to the development of emergency responses and the evolution of the Canadian Medical Emergency Response Team (C-MERT), from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led International Stabilization Assistance Force in Afghanistan to Operation Presence: the deployment of an Air Task Force to support the United Nations Mission in Mali.