Given the extremely hazardous nature of tactical law enforcement operations, and the remote locations in which they often take place, more and more law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels are adding specially trained medical contingents to their tactical teams. They recognize what leaders since Napoleon have known: access to highly skilled, on-the-scene medical assessment, care and treatment can make a life or death difference to the outcome of a mission.
Critical experience gained during recent standoff and hostage situations involving domestic terrorism and the use of military type weapons confirms the demand for delivery of emergency medical care on the home battlefront. The fact that EMS assistance was often far removed from the scene in these situations introduced an even greater level of risk and danger for law enforcement personnel.
Tactical Law Enforcement Units are composed of highly trained officers who are capable of assuming dangerous, tactical assignments with a high degree of proficiency and expertise. These units are organized for crisis intervention and rescue with negotiation and assault capabilities. Their goal is to accomplish assignments without injury or loss of life. In support of these operations, Tactical Emergency Medical Services personnel take over the responsibilities of rendering emergency medical care under fire.
With that in mind, Kerrville Fire Dept “KFD” Tactical Medic Team members train with the Special Operations Unit “tactical team” on a regular basis to gain a working knowledge of the team, its tools and tactics – including mission objectives, weapons, pyrotechnics and other devices likely to be deployed, as well as communication policies and standard operating procedures. The KFD Tactical Medic Team is not a SWAT Team. Their primary mission is medical support for the tactical law enforcement operation. The tactical law enforcement training that each member receives, enables them to operate efficiently and safely within the inner perimeter during a crisis.
KFD Tactical Medic team objectives are direct and straightforward; be prepared to provide immediate tactical medical support for law enforcement agencies upon request to 1. Enhance mission accomplishment and, 2. To reduce the risk of death, injury and illness among officers, innocent bystanders and perpetrators.
KFD Tactical Medic Team is comprised of highly skilled Medics that come highly recommended by their superiors. The Med team has had specialized training in Tactical medic operations such as but not limited to:
·Advanced tactical airway techniques
·Remote assessment methodology
·Biological / Chemical Agents
·Basic tactical training/ Basic SWAT School
·Less lethal weaponry
For more information about Kerrville Fire Dept. Tactical Medic Team, please feel free to contact the following people: