Realistic Scenarios Make Tactical Medic Training Relevant

The Tactical Medic Training of Police Officers and Medics from all over the country culminated on Saturday, June 6, 2015, with a full day of realistic scenarios. The drills included a Meth Lab explosion with multiple injuries and a hostage situation in which tactical medics are called in by the  DPS SWAT Team  to assist.

In the most intense scenario, the tactical medic students enter a building where active shooters have wounded multiple victims. Some are already dead. The shooting is still going on when they enter the building.

After neutralizing the threats, patients are evacuated out of the building.

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Outside of the building, triage begins. Tourniquets are applied to victims in danger of “Bleeding Out.” (see blue strap around upper thigh in picture below)

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The “role players” are Cypress Creek EMS employees and volunteers who put on quite a show for our students.

Then patients are moved in order of medical need and put into arriving ambulances.

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The injured are then transported to a field hospital set up by SETRAC for further lifesaving treatment.

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Since 2000, the Cypress Creek EMS Tactical Medic Team has been sharing its vast knowledge of tactical medicine with other first responders.

Our training program, which is held twice a year, has drawn law enforcement and medical professionals from all over the country and all over the world including Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. In fact, ours is the only Tactical EMS Training that is officially approved by the Canadian government.

CCEMS began putting together its Tactical Medic Team in 1994. It was the first such team in the Greater Houston area and, we believe, the first in Texas.

Our Team assists local, state and federal law enforcement in high risk operations such as serving felony warrants on suspects believed to be armed. The team is also deployed for active shooter and hostage situations.


CCEMS Tactical Team members are both certified medics and certified police officers who can deliver medical care on the front lines at the “point of wounding,” while engaging armed suspects and extracting the injured. The team members call it, “Bringing Good Medicine to Bad Places.”

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