Tactical Medic First Responder Course – Jeff Hensly and Sonny Puzikas

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Tactical Medic First Responder Course – Cricothyrotomy

Tactical Medic First Responder Course

Over the past weekend i was lucky enough to attend a Tactical Medic First Responder Course here in Dallas.

This class was taught by Jeff Hensley and Sonny Puzikas

Tactical Medic (TacMedic) courses seem to be the new ‘trend’ if you will, and for good reason. This is stuff anyone and everyone should know how to do. This was a two day course that included Force on Force scenarios which puts it beyond the Trauma First Responder Course i took a few months back.

Medical courses is always something i have viewed as interesting material, trauma based even more so. As i talked about in a previous post about in a different First Responder course, the knowledge here is easy to learn, but hard to master. What makes it interesting, or more so depressing is how expensive medical items and classes can be. The reasoning behind this, and why you don’t see all that many of these courses is for the lack of a better term ‘liability’ and money. By making something ‘medical’ the prices skyrocket. Take a Israeli bandages as a example, its a usually absorbing cotton bandage that get wrapped in a elastic wrap to compress on the wound. Brilliant idea using cheap common materials, but because its medical (or military/tactical) it costs a lot more than it should. Even as i put my kit together i am still amazed on how a little metal tube with a plastic sleeve costs $10 dollars.

Everyone should know how to do this

“How many people here are worried about learning how to do treat a Tension Pneumothorax (think collapsed lung) something that has a 0% survivability rate if untreated and causes 22% of trauma deaths?” said Jeff Hensley. “What about a cricothyrotomy (emergency airway puncture [top picture])? Airway blocks are 6% of all trauma deaths.” (The following is paraphrased) “This is one of the easiest things I can teach you to save a (trauma) life. But because its a ‘medical procedure’ it should cost you years of training and thousands of dollars. I know because I’m still paying for mine.” said Jeff (paraphrased).

Review: Active Shooter Response – Paul Howe

Active Shooter Response with Pawl Howe

In preparation to the Trauma First Responder course I picked up and viewed the new video from Paul Howe and Panteao titled: Civilian Response to Active Shooter.

Active Shooter Response

He starts off by stating that most active shooters are of the ‘lone wolf’ variety and if there is any from of opposition they usually, most often, kill themselves.  This does seam to be the current norm when it comes to active shooters in the US. They pick easy targets and rarely does a two way gun fight take place.

Civilian Response


Paul Howe goes into some detail about what one should Every Day Carry (EDC). This i find is a good way to start this type of discussion and video. One is not going to be rushing in in full tactical gear ready to fight. So by having gear you can access on your person, in your vehicle, at your common locations (work, where ever) is a great idea. Goes from a daily shoulder bag to a larger Bug Out bag, and during his explanations has some pretty nice tips such as the use of colored lights and tags.

Trauma First Responder Course

Trauma Kit

Trauma Kit

I was lucky enough this past month to take a Trauma First Responder course. There are two forms of the course i took, one aimed at EMTs/Paramedics and one aimed at Civilians. The main difference is with the test and not having to memorize all of the medical terms needed. It was a all day 8 hour course.

Trauma First Responder

I might go over in more detail in the future about everything that was covered but for right now this is just a review. What ever info a say here is not meant to be used as medical advice, for informational purposes only.

Our instructor of Trauma First Responder started off the class by telling us Trauma is his favorite course to teach because it is the most easiest and is something everyone should learn how to do. The reason being is that there is really only so much one person can do on their own in a truly traumatic situation. He said that even with all of the hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth area only two or three are truly equipped to handle a true trauma case.  Meaning we should not expect to arrive and to start performing surgery or anything to complicated. Our job is to cover the ABCs and to get the patient to a hospital that is equipped to handle the situation.

A dead medic cant help anyone