WTA Instructor, John Mack (Illinois Sate Police), is trying to put together an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-B course to be held at Malcolm X College in Chicago. It would be a state certified course, 120 hours long (one full semester). The course will cover the usual EMT curriculum but will be geared toward the tactical officer and/or tactical application of emergency medicine.
There would also be an optional follow-up course that is 24 hours long which would allow you to do more advanced techniques such as intubation, etc and possibly some work at one of the hospitals as part of the course.
Certainly the trend as of late is to have law enforcement trained up on medical tactics. We know here in Chicago that the ambulance or paramedics are not going near a scene unless it is secure. Getting this certification would not be to necessarily treat citizens (as we are limited by our employers with this) but to treat yourself (just because you are shot or injured the fight is not over) or your partner or fellow officers. A good example is the North Hollywood shootout which lasted almost 45 minutes. Officers were out-gunned for an extended amount of time therefore wounded officers had to wait for medical attention.
Mack is looking for feedback on the interest level for this course, what days and hours would work best and any other thoughts on this course. Please post in the comments section below. Thanks.
Update: Good evening. I met with representatives of Malcolm X college last week. We are working on the following issues: We are trying to get the class down from 16 weeks to approximately 10 weeks. The approximately 120 hour curriculum would remain the same but would be spread over 3 days a week, and we could start early (6-7 am to 9-10 am on two weekdays) then a little later on Saturdays. The cost per person is approximately $650.00 for the class, and $300 ish for books / supplies. That said, we are working on reducing the cost per person with a combination of negotiations with the school and grant/ donations.
Not sure what the final number would look like at this point, but we will work to get it to a reasonable figure. The outcome of the course is that all participants would be eligible to sit for the national exam (which allows you to transfer the license in the event you relocate any where in the country). The administrators of the program will submit a training agenda to the department of health and once approved, we could start. (I'm told that it takes approximately 60 days to ramp up a class)The attendance requirements are strict, so I am looking for feed back on whether we should start in the spring or wait till the fall. Keep in mind that if this works out the way we think it will, there will be additional classes in the future.
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