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Police Departments Adopting TCCC Principles and Issuing Trauma Kits!

By Bryan Black

This article pulls at my heart strings and it’s one I’m proud to be writing today. Our local Fort Worth Police Department has recently instituted a Tactical Lifesaver Program based on TCCC protocols and has even started issuing personal trauma kits to all their officers who have gone through the training.

In the four years I’ve been running ITS Tactical, I’ve talked to countless members of our local Police departments who have told me time and time again that they’re issued nothing when it comes to medical supplies and are solely dependent on EMS to save them in a life threatening situation.

While I’ve given out countless ITS ETA Trauma Kits to those I know in the line of duty that have nothing that they don’t purchase on their own, there’s only so much I can do outside of continuing to spread the word about the importance of having life saving equipment available when you need it. Whether that’s in the line of duty or as a civilian taking the bus to work.

Here’s a couple of great videos from the Fort Worth Police Department about a HALO Chest Seal saving a life, as well as a video just released today about an officer shot in the line of duty that was able to self apply a Tourniquet to stabilize himself before EMS arrived on scene.

Something those that aren’t familiar with EMS protocols should know, is that most EMS won’t even enter a scene until the shooting has stopped and deemed clear and safe.

How long does it take to bleed out? Compare that to the average EMS response time and you’ll see why it’s so important to have life saving equipment at the ready. For those of you that carry a gun on a daily basis, you know how to take a life, but do you know how to save one? It just might be your own that you’re saving.

A heartfelt thank you for Tony Coltrin pointing today’s FWPD incident out to me, stay safe brother!

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  • It’s about god damned timed. I can’t tell you how many times I arrive at a scene of an MVA to find a cop sitting there watching someone bleed. They should have IFAK’s on their belt. If you have a bullet proof vest it means you recognize there is a reasonable chance you might be shot… Yet you have nothing to treat yourself if you get shot outside the coverage area of the vest. It boggles my mind. What the hell did they teach cops before this?

  • azmedic

    I’ve taught many classes related to IFAKs to my local PD units (most of them on my own time – I’m not saying this as a personal kudo, it’s just that important to me). I am now trying to get together kits for my new location which is on the Navajo Reservation and pass on that training to the PD officers that often have in upwards of 30-45 minutes for backup let alone EMS care. Everyone (civvie too) should have a personal blowout kit, and the training to back it up. Thanks for the article and what you guys to for the field folks. Great kit.

  • SWATDawg335

    I was fortunate enough to get our Brass on board with issuing blowout kits to each of the Officer’s in our agency last year. I pushed for TCCC training at that time and didn’t get very far. I guess we were expected to learned how to use the material on our own. Better than nothing, but far from optimal. It’s a shame though, as I type this I am looking around at the squad room, and four out of the seven desks have their kits just laying in a pile on the top shelf. I can only imagine that anyone with a true understanding of how the kits work would take a bigger priority in having accessible at the moment of truth. Just hope those particular Officer’s aren’t the ones working when I may need attention.

    Just last week I was able to attend a one day TCCC crash course. I had implored our admin to send everyone (it was only $50) but alas, I was the only one who was sent. Easily the most beneficial training that I’ve attended in a long time. I’ll be continuing to make the push for this training here, I got some information from the instructor about hosting the training in-house. So that’ll be the next battle. I’ll be using the second video from this article to further push the cause.

  • Joe

    Push for TCCC and get your EMS on board with this training. We are working with PD to develop new protocols that allow EMS to access patient s faster then sitting around the corner waiting for the clear sign. With proper overwatch, EMS can operate in the warm zone of any incident and begin rapid treatment and transport

    Not that this should occur in lieu of police officers being knowledgeable in bleeding control, what we saw in Boston is further proof of the effectiveness and usefulness of the tourniquet in a civilian prehospital setting

  • Ben

    I wish my department did this. I provide my own tourniquet for my cargo pocket and I furnish a very basic BOK for my personally purchased plate carrier. We have a booboo kit in the car. Hopefully brass will come around……

  • Watson

    That’s fantastic. Out of EMT school we were told that police officers never really had any form of trauma gear available. Speaking of trauma, I ship out for hospital corpsman A school on Monday. Should be fun!

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