Las Vegas first responders learn military trauma care

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Course is training paramedics and EMTs to provide better care when there's an active threat

By EMS1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — In the wake of the tragedy during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shooting, a local ambulance service is providing military trauma training to first responders to better prepare them for mass casualty incidents.

KTNV reported that Community Ambulance is offering a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care course to first responders in an effort to learn from the shooting that occurred on Oct. 1, 2017. The course focuses on immediate care to decrease preventable deaths during emergency incidents.

Community Ambulance member, Glen Simpson, said the course will teach first responders how to apply military training to civilian, real-world scenarios.

“Paramedics and advanced EMTs are here to take some of the applications that are used in the military and apply them to the civilian world.”

Daniel Webster, a former Army medic, said a refresher course in trauma care would be helpful in his career as an advanced EMT.

“I spent six years in the Army as a medic, so I have a little bit of background with this,” he said in an interview. “After the 1 October attack, I felt it would definitely be a good idea to refresh everything and learn the differences between military vs. civilian healthcare.”

In the end, Webster acknowledges that advanced training is the best way to help first responders do their job better.

"We're here to serve others. We're willing to take that risk so everybody else can go home and see their loved ones and see their families," he said.

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