Clinton, Miss. - The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) announced
the launch of a new one day training course Law Enforcement and First Response Tactical
Casualty Care (LEFR-TCC).
Working in collaboration with the Denver Health Department of EMS Education and the Denver
Police Department Metro/SWAT unit, NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Committee developed the course to teach public safety first responders (police and other law
enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders) the basic medical care interventions
that will help save an injured responder's life until EMS practitioners can safely enter a tactical
The course combines the principles of PHTLS and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), the
training provided to military medics by all branches of our Armed Services. Course participants will
learn life-saving medical actions such as bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with
gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe.
Dr. Peter Pons, Associate Medical Director for the PHTLS program, authored the course. Dr. Pons
noted that "This course is a crucial addition to the knowledge and skills foundation of all law
enforcement and first response personnel. Tactical situations and active assailants often prevent
EMS from responding to a scene and law enforcement officers are often the first and sometimes
the only personnel to initially contact a trauma patient until EMS can safely enter. Having the
technical skills to provide basic medical interventions such as bleeding control and opening an
airway will save a patient's life, perhaps a fellow officer or maybe an injured bystander, when
seconds matter the most."
This course has already been offered to members of Denver Police Department’s SWAT Unit who
have responded very positively to the course content. Ryan Grothe, an officer with the SWAT Unit
stated, "Denver Health Paramedic Division and Dr. Peter Pons have taken the proven guidelines
and techniques established by Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and successfully condensed
the course to include medical knowledge and skills applicable to an officer experiencing a casualty
in a hostile or tactical environment. The course allowed our team to successfully and confidently
integrate the life-saving techniques of self-aid and buddy-aid into our established techniques,
tactics, and procedures for tactical operations."This course can be taught by all NAEMT approved TCCC instructors. For additional information, visit NAEMT’s web site, or contact NAEMT at email@example.com or 800-346-2368.
Formed in 1975 and today over 32,000 members strong, the National Association of
Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association dedicated to
representing the professional interests of all emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners,
including paramedics, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical
technicians, emergency medical responders and other professionals working in prehospital
emergency medicine. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government service
agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and
special operations settings, and in the military.
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is the world’s premier prehospital trauma education
developed in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons to promote critical thinking in
addressing multi-system trauma and provide the latest evidence-based treatment practices. Each
year, over 50,000 EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers take the PHTLS course to
build and enhance their knowledge and skills in prehospital trauma care.