First Lieutenant Jeff is fresh out of the rigorous training program to become a Combat Rescue Officer and eager to take on the worst missions Afghanistan can throw at him. But he finds himself wanting during a lull in missions for his shift.
The slow period brings a unique feeling to the team; the PJs are anxious to perform after years of training, but responding to a call means someone is in critical condition and potentially close to death. Duane makes sure the rest of this young team stays focused during the down time. When a call comes in, Jeff and the others spring to action, but seconds before takeoff, a second order arrives, this time to stand down. Frustrations run high as the a.m. shift reluctantly leaves the helicopter.
But reports come in of a sudden spike of insurgent activity in the area. Captain Seth, the unit commander, and the Intel officers manning the tactical operations center suspect that the pace is going to change in a matter of hours.
The first mission drops: a single pickup in Afghan controlled territory. A soldier from the Afghan National Army is in need of urgent care; an IED explosion has partially severed his leg. The team responds quickly, but the area has not been swept for additional enemy mines. Jeff and his team must wait at a nearby base until the landing zone is clear.
Another assignment brings a grueling test to the team: an American forward operating base (FOB) is under attack, resulting in multiple wounded Americans. Jeff and the PJs heads into the fight with limited information regarding the extent of the injuries. Worse yet, the team’s radio communication with the base is knocked out by a military scramble in the area. They are own their own, and Seth worries they are entering a trap.
Tune in to Inside Combat Rescue: Into the Fire tonight at 10P.