Active Shooter (TECC) Training
Napoleon Fire and local departments came together for a new type of training. Tactical Emergency Combat Care (TECC) is rapidly becoming an important training in the EMS Community. TECC Training is a derivative of the U.S. Military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). This teaches them the basics of wound care and treatment from military type munitions (firearms, explosive, incendiary devices). These injuries are typical of mass shootings and improvised explosive device (IED) incidents.
In todays reality that is an increase of mass shootings, TECC is gaining importance. TECC teaches prioritizing treatment to the most wounded patients, evacuation of patients and rapid intervention of EMS. This is to prevent those injured from succumbing from their injuries. TECC is a different mindset for EMS learned by past incidents. The typical response for EMS is for law enforcement to handle the threat before any EMS intervention. The flaw in this concept is it often takes hours for a threat to be neutralized. A minority of injuries that occur are immediately fatal. A vast majority of injuries are survivable with appropriate treatment, but due to delay in medical treatment these become fatal. TECC has the initial law enforcement responders enter the facility in an attempt to stop the active threat. Additional law enforcement responders team up with EMS to treat wounded patients and begin the initial triaging and treatment of those injured.
The first day consisted of classroom and lecture with the second day consisted of several live training evolutions with our instructor being Les Case. Les is a US Air Marshall and a Department of Defense Active Shooter instructor. He has taught hundreds of these classes over the last 5 years mainly in northern Ohio. Crews completed 8 hours of classroom time and 8 hours of hands on exercises located at Napoleon Highschool with participation of high school students serving as “victims”. This training has laid the ground work for future trainings and incident response plans regarding active shooter incidents. We would like to thank Les Case (Lead Instructor), J.D. Dorner, Jay Grzhoviack, Scott Bockelman, Napoleon Area City Schools and all of our volunteers for making this training possible.
For Further information please see NAEMT’s website for full class description: https://www.naemt.org/education/tecc