Drexel Heights Fire District TECC Course Synopsis

For six weeks the Drexel Heights Fire District hosted a National Association of Emergency Medical Technician (NAEMT) Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Course. Sponsored by Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE), the course brought together over 100 active public safety professionals from throughout Pima County.

The 16-hour course covered topics designed to decrease preventable death in the tactical situation. Topics included: Hemorrhage control; surgical airway control and needle decompression; strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; caring for pediatric patients; and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety.

Developed by NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, the TECC program is based on the guidelines from the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Co-TECC) and the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) program. TECC uses lessons learned from our military and applies them to the civilian world of tactical medicine.

Thank you to all that attended!

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