Feedback Requested: EMT-B Class with Tactical Focus

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.

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Comment by Kenneth Mescall on February 19, 2011 at 12:20pm
I would love to do such a class as I had to let my paramedic license lapse to take this job,  The way certain sections of the city are going, I see a day when police with medical skills have to ride with EMS.  What is the status of this course?
Comment by Teresa Heidemann on February 13, 2011 at 7:56pm
I would be willing to come down from Milwaukee...I work 4p-12a, so during the day would be best but re-arrange my off days to coincide with class if needed. Price Point??
Comment by Takia D. Washington on February 4, 2011 at 5:24pm
I have been scoping out the Red Cross courses for emergency responders waiting for the next one to show up.  However, I would definitely give preference to a course filled with other firearm carrying individuals as it would be more comfortable.  This is a great idea.
Comment by Beth Ohlson on February 4, 2011 at 1:56pm
Would be interested, I was certified as a paramedic, but let it lapse. I work midnights, so evenings would be best, or early mornings (I get off at 0530)
Comment by Patty Casey on February 2, 2011 at 12:08pm
I think the training would be highly valuable and would be interested in doing it even if I had to do it on my own time.
Comment by Elizabeth Seno on February 2, 2011 at 8:29am
I have been a police officer for 27 years and a paramedic for 30 years.  It give me a temendous feeling of self confidence to have these skills.  They have allowed me to save one of my own officers after a horrific accident and deliver a baby before the ambulance arrived.
Comment by Rhonda Anderson on February 1, 2011 at 6:47pm
I would be interested..and working midnights so my schedule is open!
Comment by Caroline Burgess on February 1, 2011 at 12:24pm
I would interested. I work afternoons 1700 to 0300, so class in the late morning or early afternoon would be good.
Comment by Charemi A. Jones on February 1, 2011 at 7:52am
This would be awesome training.  Given the trends on the department, we have to be prepared to take care of our own. 
Comment by Kim Heath on January 31, 2011 at 11:45pm
Would definitely be interested, I work afternoons, so I would be looking for something during the day, or else fewer days, but for a whole day, so if I had to take the day off, it would be for 4 or 6 hours of class so it met fewer times.


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