TECC for EMS Workshop Pilots in Chautauqua County

January 30, 2015

On January 24th and 25th, the SPTC/NCSP delivered the one day TECC for EMS Workshop at the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services to two blended classes of EMS and Law Enforcement professionals. The team from the SPTC/NCSP trained around 90 students in skills that could potentially save lives in the response to an incident involving ADB (Aggressive Deadly Behavior), including Active Shooter Events.

LE and EMS

This workshop was unique, with EMS and LE students training together throughout each day. Students discussed timely topics including Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and rescue task force, and engaged in skill lanes to practice techniques introduced in the classroom. The class culminated in students responding to several scenario-based activities, including some featuring indirect threat to direct threat situations.

Dr. Brian Walters, the county Medical Director and SPTC/NCSP instructor, was optimistic about the impact of this training for his community. "Everyone who attended the training was very appreciative of the opportunity, and enjoyed it. This being a small county, we don't have the resources to have in-house training this involved, and of this quality" Dr. Walters said. "With an ever present threat of terrorist attacks and active shooter situations, it might not always be tactical medics who are the first to arrive on scene, making it crucial for all EMTs and medics to learn these TECC principles."

The training was well received and considered a success. Some student feedback included:

"Not having an EMS background, it was helpful to become educated on their approach to medical care and triage in the field."

- LE Student

I got a chance to practice what I had learned - working and training alongside law enforcement was very beneficial.

- EMS Student

"This was very useful for everyday awareness and identifying future planning and training needs."

The SPTC/NCSP will continue to offer mobile deliveries in order to bring high quality training to professionals throughout the state. See the DHSES Training Calendar for the latest information on training deliveries in 2015. Interested agencies should contact the SPTC at or (315) 768-5689 for more information.

Check the overview below of our mobile delivery of EMS Special Situations for the Chautauqua County Annual Weekend for Fire Control, Technical Rescue, and EMS at the NYS Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY - September 5-7, 2014.