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Tactical Combat Casualty Care-Class

After Action Report

Took a 2-day Tactical Combat Casualty Care TCCC class from Covered 6.  It was long overdue for me and very well spent.

Too often those of us in the tactical training world fixate on our own lane and neglect to expand our horizons a bit.  My experience and knowledge in the emergency medical care provider world has been limited to the check-the-box CPR and First Aid training.  I never even got an AED class.  However, I have long recognized the need for advanced training in emergency first aid skills especially in the occasionally kinetic environment of my former life.  But you can only get so much value from “self-education”.  Even in the “civilized” environment of the USA with the usual availability of advanced emergency medical services, there is still a critically short length of time where layman’s level knowledge and skills could save a life.  Accidents at work, highway, and the home all have the potential to cause a life-threatening injury that could be easily treated if you know how.  Timing is everything.  Even so, the human body can lose a critical, and unrecoverable, amount of blood in as little as 3 minutes…but if you know what to do, you can save that life.


TCCC is focused upon saving lives under battlefield conditions.  The scope of practice of a combat medic or corpsman is vastly larger than a civilian EMT or paramedic.  When was the last time you heard of a local EMT or paramedic being authorized, and expected, to perform a cricothyrotomy…in the field…in 90 seconds?  Nonetheless, some other life-saving techniques  that “may” be performed, depending upon who you work for or your level of comfort in exercising your Good Samaritan limits, were less invasive.  Your mileage may vary.

A realistic emergent scenario that everyone may likely encounter is simply a significant laceration or puncture wound that severs an artery.  A traffic collision, falling off the roof of your house with the resultant open fracture and bleeding femoral artery, a sharp tool injury at home, school, work, etc. are all reasonable environments for an injury of this nature.  The time clock starts immediately.  Depending upon the severity of that wound, the body may lose half of its volume of blood in 3 minutes or less.  Catastrophic system failures start to happen fast and there is no reset button.  Having the knowledge and a modicum of training to apply an effective tourniquet may stop the leaking and save that person.  You don’t have to be a police officer, warfighter, or medic to have the proper training and equipment to do this!  The body doesn’t care how it got injured or who/how it’s getting treated.  Just stop the leaking and maintain the airway!  The whole point is to stave off the preventable things that you can while you are stabilizing the casualty in anticipation of med-evac to a higher level of care.  You’re not doing emergency surgery…you’re just making sure your patient gets the chance to have that surgery in the first place.

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THIS is heroic behavior!

3 ordinary Americans stepped up to the plate in the face of evil!  One of them, Spencer, takes some injuries in the process, but he and his 2 battle buddies, persevere, and beat this goblin into unconsciousness, saving countless lives in the process!

Spencer is said to be recovering from his wounds.  Thank you, modern medical capability.

Outstanding job, gents!  YOU are a credit to America and you honor our warriors by your actions.

Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is truly heroic behavior.  Read the news article for yourself to see what truly courageous behavior looks in real life. 

Registering Ammunition Sales??



If they can’t “get the guns”, then they’ll try something else…like even more restrictions on ammunition and magazine capacity, thus narrowing the ability of the law-abiding citizen to effectively wield weapons against attackers.  And do remember that ALL of these so-called “reasonable” restrictions DO NOT RESTRICT CRIMINALS.

“California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2018, released a statewide ballot campaign Thursday to require background checks for ammunition purchases… The proposed 2016 initiative would require instant background checks at the point of sale and ban the possession of ammunition magazines with over 10 rounds. Given that California already bans the sale and manufacture of magazines over 10 rounds, the proposal would give California the toughest ammo restrictions in the nation.

Jeffrey Zalles, president of the Brady Campaign’s chapter in Marin County, California, touched off a debate over the movement’s direction with an Oct. 6 op-ed in The Washington Post calling for “a focus on ammunition” instead of guns… ”  See the link below.

(Do you think that international ammo smuggling to the US might be a direct result if this comes to pass??…Hmmm, with a robust smuggling network that already exists on our southern border.  What are the chances?)

Please read the linked article for a complete information and perspective.  Then, tell us what you think.