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Another successful Tactical EMS class is in the books. Police Officers and Medics come from all over the world for the CCEMS Class. This time there were several students from Brazil.
Cypress Creek EMS puts on two, week-long Tactical EMS Classes every year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Last fall’s class had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey, so those students were switched to the spring class. We also had to change the location of some of our training after Harvey’s Floods damaged the facility we were using for our scenario drills. Thanks to our friends at the Cypress Creek Fire Department for allowing us to us their training facility. (Scroll down for more on that)
ThE class got underway on Sunday (April 15) with a keynote presentation by Col. Dan Godbee, MD, US ARMY and Medical Director of East Baton Rouge EMS and Major Tom Harris of East Baton Rouge EMS. They gave a presentation on the use of Tactical EMS in civil unrest and the July 2016 ambush attack on Baton Rouge Law Enforcement.
Professionals come from all over the country and all over the world for the CCEMS Tactical Classes. This year there are several students from Brazil.
New this year, the physical fitness testing and conditioning has moved from the parking lot of Cypress Creek EMS to Memorial Herman ATH (Athlete Training and Health) near Hooks Airport on Stuebner Airline.
Cypress Creek, ATH, and the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute developed a new testing and training program for Tactical Athletes that is being used for the first time in the CCEMS class. Cypress Creek’s Tactical Medics now their physical conditioning at ATH on a regular basis.
Day three included tourniquet drills. The goal? Proper application in 20 seconds or less….and..GO!!!
The job of a Tactical Medic is to provide front line medical support in high risk law enforcement operations in case someone is shot or injured, so Day Three also involved learning about all the different methods of extracting a patient from the hot zone and then drilling on those methods.
Lt. Anthony Hogan is the commander of the SWAT Team at the Grand Prairie Police Department. All of his tactical medics are EMTs from the Grand Prairie Fire Department and all of them go through our training at Cypress Creek EMS. Lt. Hogan makes it a practice to drive down during the week-long classes to personally thanks the Grand Prairie Medics for their committment.
Our sincere thanks to the K-9 Handlers from Constable Precinct 4 for once again assisting in our Tactical EMS training. Tactical Medics provide front-line medical support in high risk law enforcement operations. They treat any special operator who is injured and they have basic veterinary training to help injured police dogs. If a handler is injured the dog’s instinct is to protect he officer even if medics are trying to help, so the handlers from Precinct 4 demonstrated how to safely separate a K-9 from a handler.
Most of the people in the 2018 spring class were orginally scheduled to attend our 2017 fall class, but some guy named Harvey had other ideas. Flood from Hurricane Harvey. Harvey’s flooding also changed the location of some of our training. A facility we use in Montgomery County was severely damaged by flood waters and will likely not be available for use again until 2019. So, we are very thankful to our friends at the Cypress Creek Fire Department for allowing us to use their training facility at Station 24 on Perry Road. Among the activities on Day 6 was Tear Gas Training. Tactical medics will at some point be exposed to tear gas, so they need to know how to properly and quickly put on a gas mask and how to clean that mask once it’s been used. They also need to know what tear gas feels like and what to do for those who have been exposed. The tactical students enter the gas house with masks on and then must remove them before exiting. Some handle it better that others.
The Cypress Creek Fire Department training facility was also used for scenario drills including simulations of active shooter incidents and raids on a clandestine drug lab.