The Department of Homeland Security has selected
Rescue Training Incorporated to conduct emergency
medical training for the U.S. Border Patrol. RTI
was awarded the contract for its experience in
training medics for the U.S. Army Rangers, as well as
numerous law enforcement agencies.
The tactical medic is a rare breed.
When Savannah's Emergency Response Team was called
to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist during that
tense October stand-off, they had back up.
"Any time that Savannah's ERT is deployed, a tactical
medic goes with them," says David Hall, president of
Rescue Training Incorporated.
As the name implies, tactical medics are Emergency
Medical Technicians with specialized training in
Emergency Response Team tactics.
"If you're going to be a medic supporting a Tactical
team," says Hall, "you've got to know what the tactical
team is doing in order for you to get there as quickly
as possible and provide the best level of care."
And that's where Rescue Training Incorporated comes
"Having a tactical medic available immediately to be
able to take care of a wounded person is a lifesaving
skill and that's what we teach," Hall says.
When paramedics are called to respond to a crisis,
they're caught in a dangerous catch-22: they must
provide badly needed medical care, but they can't move
until the situation is brought under control by law
enforcement agents. The time spent waiting erodes the
"golden hour" - that narrow window of time when EMTs can
do the most for their patients.
"In a tactical situation," says Hall, "the [time]
required to create that level of stabilization may be
enough to cause somebody to bleed to death."
Hall estimates that the training programs for the
Border Patrol will bring more than $500,000 to the local
Reported by: David Rousseau, firstname.lastname@example.org