by Brandon Butler, Chief Instructor, TRS
Time to switch gears and start talking more about what one of our main purposes is….rescue.
One of the concepts we, at TRS, have started working on is the TICS (or Tactical Incident Care Skills) course. These are a simple set of skills designed very similar to how the steps in CPR work with progressive stages and steps that anyone can utilize. Taken from the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and adapted for Civilian use, these are skills that can save lives with a minimal amount of training.
Picture yourself in a crowded area, when suddenly gunshots ring out. Someone neutralizes the shooter but, there are several people down, including the shooter. What can you do? Emergency Medical Services and Fire Personnel are ten to thirty minutes away at best. They can’t enter until the area is secured by police and tactical teams and people are in need of immediate medical care. What do you do?
If you are TICS trained, you pull out your TICS trauma kit and go to work.
1. Protect yourself and those around you. Defend yourself and others as needed and to the fullest of your ability.
2. Direct people to cover. By-standers may not be registering what is happening or may simply be frozen or in denial. Shouting “orders” can snap someone into moving and getting to cover.
3. Move downed people to cover or out of the line of fire.
4. Start Critical Care. Open airway, stop life threatening bleeding, secure airway, move to next victim.
5. Alert first responders of number of victims and locations, and if possible, the care you have started.
6. Remove yourself from the scene, give info to responding agencies.
All this sounds simple when you break it down into several easy steps, but the fact is that each step requires some basic training that covers areas of emergency triage, basic trauma care and the ability to collect and transfer information in an environment such as this.
The TICS concept places tactical care skills and evacuation techniques in your hands. YOU can make a difference in the life of someone in that “golden hour” of life. YOU can actually save a life or many. Stay tuned for more information on our TICS concept and courses.