Medical Gear – EDC

We strongly recommend medical training in all of our classes. While holding up a medical kit, I always tell our students:

“Leaving here today you will have many more opportunities to save someones life with this medical kit and medical training than with your firearm.”

I felt it was long over due to make a post about medical gear and training:

Training

  1. BCON
  2. CPR
  3. First AID & other medical training

BCON – One of the most preventable deaths is from someone bleeding out from an extremity (arms & legs).  BCON, or bleeding control, training is likely the most important training you can get.  In our area, for the most part, Central EMS can be on scene in 10 minutes or less.  If you come upon an accident with someone who has a major (arterial) bleeding injury they can bleed out in as little as 90 seconds.  For that reason we think BCON is the #1 priority for training.  Most other injuries will either be too serious for anyone to save them or minor enough that they can wait on the ambulance.

CPR – “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is recommended in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing, for example, agonal respirations.”

First AID & other medical training “First aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury” Lastly, we recommend more medical training.  This can be just as simple as a “First Aid” class or you can seek out other training.  Depending on your area you can often find first responder training.  If you budget allows there are companies that provide very good medical classes and if you are wanting the best, look for a live tissue class.

Gear

The current standard for BCON is The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, typically refereed to as TCCC.

 

They currently recommend 3 tourniquets:

    1. Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) by North American Rescue
    2. SOF Tactical-Tourniquet Wide (SOFTT-W) by Tactical Medical Solutions

 

    1. Emergency and Military Tourniquet (EMT) by Delphi Medical Innovations

 

They currently recommend 4 Hemostatic Dressings or Gauze:

    1. Combat Gauze (CG) Z-Fold
    2. Celox Gauze, Z-fold 5′

 

  1. ChitoGauze
  2. X-Stat, Single Applicator

 

 

There are MANY other devices, but they have not met the standards of TCCC. There are many cheap tourniquets that may work as a pressure dressing or on an arm, but will not apply enough pressure to stop the bleeding from a major leg wound.  Some of these devices are still better than carrying nothing, but buyer beware.

 

What have I been carrying?

I have been using an medical kit by Dark Angel Medical. There are a few different options for these types of kits, I just have the most time with their Ankle Trauma Kit .

It’s an easy to carry kit and would be well suited to put it in your car and have the option to put in on your ankle of you when you are going to be far away from your vehicle.

 

The kit comes with (and carries):

  • 1 package of Hemostatic Gauze
  • 1 Pair of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 H&H Mini Compression Bandage
  • 1 Pair of Hyfin Vent Compact Chest Seals
  • 1 Tourniquet

Mother’s Day Special

Sunday, May 20th, at 1pm

We are offering Mothers (expecting or current) 50% Off ($40) on our Concealed Carry Class Sunday May 20th at 1pm.  Everyone is invited to the class, but Moms are getting a discount!

Medical Seminar

First Aid for Gunshot Wounds
May 29th, 6p-9p

244 N Centennial, West Fork AR

FREE medical training for Teachers and First Responders next month. **Contact us for the discount code**

http://www.gunlawseminar.com/calendar/

Presented by:
US LawShield of Arkansas

Learn to Save a Life: First Aid for Gunshot Wounds Full Course (3 Hours)
A person that is massively bleeding from a gunshot wound has as little as 3 minutes to live. Don’t just stand there—learn techniques anyone can use to buy the precious time needed until EMS arrives. No prior first aid or medical training is needed! In this course you will learn some of the following:

  • How to treat a gunshot wound to an arm or leg
  • How to treat a gunshot wound to the chest or abdomen
  • How to treat a gunshot wound to the head or neck
  • How to control shock and place a victim into a safe position until EMS arrives

Our Instructors are professionals with years of experience treating these types of injuries on city streets and the battlefield. They have taken the lessons learned from these years of experience and are now teaching them in this course. Our special course was more than 2 years in the making, with the curriculum developed by Rick Hammesfahr, M.D., past chairman of the Curriculum and Examination Board (CEB) for the United States Special Operations Command. Under his guidance, the CEB developed Tactical Medical Emergency protocols and techniques currently being used on the battlefield today.

Guests will receive live instruction from one of our gunshot wound first aid instructors, hands-on demonstrations, and course materials that you can take with you.

Also, be one of the first to own our latest publication, First Aid for Gunshot Wounds, written by Dr. Hammesfahr. Attendees will be notified when the book is available for purchase and will receive it at a discounted price.

This is a limited series of events. Register today before seats are sold out. Please enter both your first and last name for your course certificate.

Montco man gets jail for fatal shooting inside church

Montco man gets jail for fatal shooting inside church

Mark Storms of Lansdale is led out of court in handcuffs Tuesday, after a Montgomery County judge sentenced him to 10 to 20 years in prison for shooting and killing Robert Braxton III at a church in Montgomery Township during Sunday worship services.

He just lost his appeal to change his sentence.  The ruing is a good read:

https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2018/03/13/com._v._storms_m..pdf

Take aways:

  • You need to have more tools/skills than just a firearm.
  • A firearm is not a magic wand that will solve all problems or make all foes yield.
  • Only use deadly force to SAVE a life.
  • Your past actions & statements will be used in a court case, for better or worse.

Situational Awareness Seminar

Situational Awareness Seminar in West Fork
March 22, 6-9pm

UPDATE: Seminar is FREE when you use the discount code “Freinds”

There will also be a door prize: a free Concealed Carry Class from NWA Defense. Hosted by the West Fork First Baptist Church at 244 N. Centennial Ave in West Fork.

Use the NWA Defense discount code: “friends” and you can take the training for FREE. You can also pick the option to pay with cash and use the NWA Defense friends code at the door for FREE entry.

See you Thursday night at 6pm!

 


Just like your proficiency with a firearm, having the ability to understand and assess your surroundings is essential to your survival. Gain the training you need by learning to read your environment, assess your options, and react efficiently at a Situational Awareness Seminar. Being truly aware of your surroundings is critical to your safety, and the safety of your loved ones. Register now, and strengthen your skills.

Gun Owners Are Under Attack

Gun Owners Are Under Attack.

Please take some time today and do what you can.  
If you ONLY do one thing, please join the NRA &/or GOA.

Join the NRA, I know they are not perfect but they need support.
The stronger they are, the more effective they can be. 

YouTube has been beating up on gun channel in the last few months.  They have kicked into high gear last week.  Just today a popular channel received strikes against it’s private and unlisted videos.
Here is a quick video explaining what it going on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CmNMCtENQI
They need our help: Like, Share, Subscribe.

Put your money where you mouth is !

I hear many people talking tough but spend more money supporting Starbucks than a pro-gun organization.  Do what you can, even if its just sending $20 to the NRA or another pro-gun group. Join their email list and follow them on social media.  Do Something.
 
Here is a list:
http://every2ndmatters.us/pro-firearms-organizations/
 
Take some time to like and follow them on social media.

E-CHCL Qualification

Here is the course of fire for the E-CHCL live fire test.

​The applicant must complete a live-fire proficiency qualification and obtain a score of 35/50 or 70% overall. The instructor may permit the applicant to re-fire the course 3 times. If the applicant fails to obtain the required score after 3 attempts at shooting the course, the instructor must wait 90 days prior to allowing the applicant to re-take the enhanced training course.

The fundamentals of the live-fire course are as follows:

Stage 1: 3 yard line – 20 Rounds:

5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 2 seconds
10 shots fired in a “two shot exercise” – 3 seconds
5 shots fired in 10 seconds

Stage 2: 7 yard line – 20 rounds

5 shots fired in 10 second
2 shots fired in 4 seconds
3 shots fired in 6 seconds
5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 3 seconds
5 shots fired in 15 seconds

Stage 3: 15 yard line – 10 rounds

2 shots fired in 6 seconds
3 shots fired in 9 seconds
5 shots fired in 15 seconds

All shooting is from the “ready” position on a B-27 target. The shooter will be scored “hit” or “miss.” A successful hit will be scored if the round is fired in to or cuts the line of the 7 ring.

Our next scheduled classes are Feb 17 & Mar 17 at 9am

Register HERE

Contact Us with any questions: info@nwadefense.com

Enhanced Concealed Carry (E-CHCL)

We are now offering Enhanced Concealed Carry Training (E-CHCL) !

A Enhanced Permit, E-CHCL, requires a current CHCL. The Enhanced training is a 8 hour course (6 class + 2 shooting). It also serves as a permit renewal if you are within 12 months of expiration.

There is a 50 round qualification similar to law enforcement. It’s shot at 3, 7, &  15 yards and requires 35/50 to qualify. You get 3 attempts.

The enhancement allows you to carry your firearm in areas that a standard permit holder are prohibited; for example: churches, bars, athletic events, and colleges.

Our next scheduled classes are Feb 17 & Mar 17 at 9am

Register HERE

Contact Us with any questions: info@nwadefense.com

8 Essential Truth for Active Shooters

“In times of crisis, the public looks to leaders, and you must be ready to show them that the way forward is through promoting freedom, not restricting it; that the way forward is through strength and courage, not weakness and fear; that the way forward is to enjoy and live our lives in the full confidence that we are ready to confront and defeat evil when it rises, not to live our lives in the shadows, hoping that it won’t notice us. A fearful public needs a strong and courageous role model in a time of darkness. Let that be you!”


The article is written for (and by) law enforcement, but the principles apply to everyone. Only the law abiding obey laws.  Laws do not stop evil or criminals: murder is illegal, drugs are Illegal, drinking and driving is illegal, rape is illegal, yet they still happen everyday.  We have seen violent crime steadily dropping over there last few years, at the same time Americans have purchased hundreds of millions of new firearms.  Firearms are tools.  No different than a hammer, knife, ladder, or a truck.  Consequently the previous four tools listed kill 14 times more people than firearms.

Stay strong and stick to the fundamentals. If anyone is interested in active shooter training please let us know.

-Justin

 


Here is the full article from Mike Wood on PoliceOne.com:

8 essential truths about MCI response plans in the wake of the Vegas attack

The Las Vegas attack and response are reminders that public safety needs to stick with and execute our plan, not create a new one

There is nothing about the Las Vegas active shooter attack that calls for a new approach. The highly professional and well-executed response of public safety agencies in Las Vegas demonstrates that we’re on track, and already working on the things we need to in order to deal with events like these. The Las Vegas attack and response are reminders that we need to stick with and execute our plan, not create a new one.

With this in mind, let’s remind ourselves about the elements of our MCI response plans, along with some essential truths we must not forget while emotions run high:

1. Evil exists

This is no surprise to any police officer. You see evil every day, but the public doesn’t, and they certainly don’t see it writ large like they did in Las Vegas. The majority of people are still reeling in shock and confusion, and struggling to answer unanswerable questions, yet one thing is crystal clear in the midst of all this fog: Evil exists. You can’t wish it away or ignore it. The only thing you can do is be ready to crush it without mercy when it shows up. As a protector of your fellow man, you must accept this truth and prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally for that duty. Let it fuel you.

2. Active shooter training pays off

It’s vital that you are ready to counter this threat, as a solo officer and as a team member. If you don’t know what you’re supposed to do as the first responding officer to an active shooter scene, you need to fix that.

If you don’t have rifle-rated armor; a rifle you know how to shoot effectively; a bail-out bag with loaded magazines, first-aid supplies and basic breaching tools immediately available to you when you’re on patrol, you need to fix that.

If you don’t know how to rapidly clear a building as a member of a hasty contact team that’s hunting the shooter, you need to fix that.

If you’re not sure if you’re supposed to stop and provide medical aid to someone before the shooter is stopped, you need to fix that.

We will only see an increase in these kinds of attacks in the future, so make sure you are trained, equipped, and mentally and emotionally prepared to deal with them effectively.

3. Tactical combat casualty care training is a must

You must understand the basics of how to stop bleeding and open/preserve airways in a tactical environment.

You must have a suitable individual first aid kit (IFAK) on your person, not in your car, and the knowledge and skill to use it.

You must understand how to self-apply a tourniquet or dressing to save your own life.

You must have ready access to a mass casualty kit, with enough supplies to treat multiple casualties and IFAK supplies for yourself.

You must understand how and when to evacuate a casualty.

You must understand that security is a prerequisite to providing medical care.

4. Public safety integration is key to a successful response

The days of public safety stovepipes are over. Police, fire and EMS must be organized, trained and equipped to operate in an integrated and coordinated manner.

There are no red teams or blue teams any longer – you must move your agency toward a “purple” operational capability in which all public safety specialties understand how they will combine forces and work together during an emergency.

Establish protocols now for casualty collection points, insertion of fire/EMS assets into “warm” or “hot” zones, and dealing with attackers and fire simultaneously. Train together so that personnel from each agency are ready to work together in an emergency.

5. Complex, coordinated attacks (CCAs) are a threat

A single shooter caused all the chaos in Las Vegas. Imagine if there had been another, working in a location across town. If your agency isn’t working on ways to address CCAs, then it’s time to get serious, because the enemy has been successful with this strategy overseas and we should expect them to employ it on our shores soon. A CCA will significantly strain communications, resources, leadership and logistics, and make it extremely difficult to respond in a coordinated manner. They’re coming. Get ready for them now.

6. Civilians can be a force multiplier

You cannot protect the public by yourself. You need the public to be your ally and an active participant in their own rescue. Educate the public on active shooter protocols and combat casualty care essentials. Help to organize and train them in initial response to fires, natural disasters, and criminal or terror attacks. Teach them the ethical and lawful use of force in self-defense, and support their ability to do so.

There are too many citizens out there for even the largest of police departments to serve in a crisis, so use your skill, experience and resources to turn them into a force multiplier.

7. Law enforcement must take an all-hazards approach

The attacker holds the initiative, and gets to choose the battlefield. You cannot predict what the next attack will look like, nor defend against all possibilities. The enemy is constantly changing his tactics to stay a step ahead of your defenses.

When it becomes too difficult to plan a bomb attack, they use a gun. If a gun won’t work, they use a truck, or a knife, or a can of gasoline and a match. If a hardened target is too difficult to hit, they will switch to a soft one.

So, how can you possibly prepare for all these possibilities? Focus on the basics:

  • Ensure your communications are clear and disciplined, and your networks are protected and redundant;
  • Ensure you are highly skilled in the use of your issued equipment – guns, medical, rescue, communications, vehicle, etc.;
  • Wear your vest, and have ready access to a helmet, gloves, plates, a mask, and other essential protective equipment;
  • Ensure you are ready to fulfill the responsibilities of being an on-scene leader until you are relieved;
  • Know and understand your tactics. If you are prepared to execute all the duties of your job with the highest level of skill, then you have done everything necessary to be ready for the unexpected and unpredictable.

8. Police officers are role models

Frightened people will agree to surrender their liberty in exchange for promises of security. It’s our job to protect and preserve that liberty, not to play a role in its destruction.

There is no amount of regulation or prohibition that will prevent evil from accessing something that can be used as a weapon. There is no amount of surveillance or control that will provide absolute security. There are no laws that will prevent evil from attacking innocents.

In times of crisis, the public looks to law enforcement for leadership, and you must be ready to show them that the way forward is through promoting freedom, not restricting it; that the way forward is through strength and courage, not weakness and fear; that the way forward is to enjoy and live our lives in the full confidence that we are ready to confront and defeat evil when it rises, not to live our lives in the shadows, hoping that it won’t notice us. A fearful public needs a strong and courageous role model in a time of darkness. Let that be you!

I salute the public safety professionals that resolved the Las Vegas attack so quickly, and all of you who stand ready to do the same in your communities. There is no place beyond the reach of evil – it can show its face anywhere, anytime. So be ready, be safe, and may God bless all of you.