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Almost 90% of American service men and women who die from combat wounds do so before they arrive at a medical treatment facility. This figure highlights the importance of the trauma care provided on the battlefield by combat medics, corpsmen, PJs, and even the casualties themselves and their fellow combatants. With respect to the actual care provided by combat medics on the battlefield, however, J. S Maughon noted in his paper in Military Medicine in 1970 that little had changed in the preceding 100 years. In the interval between the publication of Maughon's paper and the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, there was also little progress made. The war years, though, have seen many lifesaving advances in battlefield trauma care pioneered by the Joint Trauma System and the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care.


First Care Provider puts medical knowledge in the hands of those who are available to do the most good… The person who gets a patient first! This is designed to help first responders and citizens understand which injuries need to be taken care of first and which can be taken care of later. Those first few minutes can save a life if the right injuries are treated first. Students will have some practical/hands-on time, so they leave the classroom with the confidence to treat a patient. Students will be able to manage life-threatening bleeding with a tourniquet, understand when/where to use wound packing, and understand basic measures for opening and controlling airway trauma. Moving a patient to safety after treatment becomes a priority, so quick and easy methods to get a patient to safety are also covered. No medical background or public safety background is necessary for the class. No prerequisites.


This 2-day course covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in the tactical situation.  Topics include Hemorrhage control; surgical airway control and needle decompression; strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; caring for pediatric patients; and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety.

At the core of the TECC program are three distinct phases that have been well-proven by TCCC-trained personnel in the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. 


The TCCC-MP (TCCC for Medical Personnel) course is designed for combat EMS/military personnel, including medics, corpsmen, and pararescue personnel deploying in support of combat operations. NAEMT also offers Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) for civilian tactical EMS.The TCCC-AC (TCCC for All Combatants) course is designed for non-medical military personnel and includes first responder skills appropriate for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.

SOAR's TCCC courses are taught by very experienced, well-trained subject matter experts. To support course sites, instructors and students, NAEMT, the parent organization of TCCC, maintains a network of tactical affiliate faculty both in the U.S. and internationally, and staff at its Headquarters Office. Course administration is streamlined and cost-effective.




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