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.