FAQs

What is the difference between Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care?

Both classes are NAEMT courses and based on the findings of the Hartford Consensus. The trauma medicine trained in each is nearly identical. However, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) was developed for our military and military contractors working in combat environments. The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) focuses on those threats and medicine that may be performed by civilian “first responders” – police, fire and EMS. For example, TCCC has a block on the military protocol of “Nine-Line” medivac that TECC does not. TECC has instruction on “Rescue Task Force” that is not found in the TCCC lesson plan. In either completed course, the student will receive provider certifications through the NAEMT.

Can a civilian take the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course?

Although NAEMT does not expressly forbid a civilian to attend a TCCC course, it strongly recommends that trainers direct those students to the Tactical Emergency Casualty Course (TECC) or the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) class. TEMSOPS has decided to adopt the NAEMT guidelines and will only teach the TCCC courses to active duty military and military contractors.

What does it take to become an NAEMT Tactical Combat Casualty Care or a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Instructor?

Many of the courses we provide have different requirements based on the NAEMT policies and rules. As a certified NAEMT Training Site, TEMSOPS has frequently been able to respond to the need to conduct NAEMT Instructor Development. In order to become a qualified instructor, an instructor-candidate must first be PROVIDER certified in the discipline they wish to teach. Our president, Mark Warren, is regional faculty and one of the few people in the Southwest U.S. who can approve/certify TCCC and TECC instructors. Please contact us for more information or additional resources.

Do I need to provide my own gear/kit/equipment if I sign up for a TCCC or TECC course?

The short answer is “No”, we can provide all the equipment. We recommend that you bring your own kit, or similar set up, if that is what you’d wear in an emergency situation, or at your work.

Does TEMSOPS provide any training for the Active Shooter/Killer event?

Yes. We have a course that is designed to train civilians in what to do to survive this type of event and what trauma care that you can provide in case there are casualties. This course can be customized into a two, four or eight hour course, depending on the client’s needs. We also provide Active Shooter/Killer on-site assessments of businesses and schools.

Does TEMSOPS have a CCW course?

Yes we do. We currently have two courses, one 8 hours long and the other 16 hours long with advanced skills and tactics.

Can TEMSOPS provide EMT or Paramedic certification?

We do have an EMT certification, which is a hybrid online and classroom instruction. That course is 200 hours. We do not provide a Paramedic certification at this time. However, if you are in need of the Paramedic cert, please contact us; we have many contacts in this business and can get you information in finding the right school for you.

When I search for tactical medical training, I find many classes and courses that advertise TCCC and TECC. What should I look for when choosing a course?

Tactical medical training can become confusing for those not familiar with the business.  There are many different medical classes out there and many governess in which to answer.  You may find courses listed as “Dirt Medicine”, “Emergency Casualty Care”, “IFAK training”, etc.  Although these may be good courses, taught by experienced medics, it can be overwhelming.  With cost always a consideration, it could be worrisome to make sure you get the most “bang for your buck”.

Some questions to ask of the training companies you’re considering:  Is your course endorsed by the NAEMT or other governess?  Is your training have trauma care doctor/medical oversight?  Do you have medical insurance?  What is the experience level of the instructors?  How many classes has your company (or the instructor) taught?

TEMSOPS prides itself in providing outstanding tac-med training.  We have full medical oversight and insurance.  Our instructors have a vast amount of experience, and most currently work in the medical, military contracting and public safety field.  We have taught over 300 courses and have thousands of students all over the world.  We have proven ourselves to be leaders in the tactical medical field and will continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard of training.  Our courses are endorsed and governed by NAEMT, NREMT, AHA and the NRA.  Many of our courses qualify CAPCE credit, and/or Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training continuing education credit.  Additionally, we have NAEMT regional faculty on staff, who provide oversight and can certify TCCC and TECC Instructors.

What is the minimum age to learn CPR?

The AHA does not mandate a minimum age requirement for learning CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that children as young as nine years old can learn and retain CPR skills. Please speak with an AHA Instructor or Training Center if you have any concerns. Find an AHA Training Center near you at  www.cpr.heart.org.

Which CPR course should a "first responder" or “professional rescuer” take?

First responders or professional rescuers generally include fire, police and emergency medical personnel. These types of prehospital professionals usually need to complete a BLS course. The AHA now offers a BLS course specifically for prehospital providers, BLS for Prehospital Providers. Check with your employer or licensing authority and find an AHA BLS Training Center near you offering this course at www.cpr.heart.org.

If I’m an EMT, can I participate in Combined Provider courses?

Yes, Basic Life Support providers and first responders can participate in some courses that provide additional Advanced Life Support knowledge and skills. Please be aware each emergency medical provider MUST always follow their particular scope of practice and governing medical control and protocols. Many ALS skill stations are presented as a familiarization and continued education and NOT intended to replace organized training to increase one’s individual certification level.

What does it take to become an NAEMT Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor?

As a certified NAEMT Training Site, TEMSOPS has frequently been able to respond to the need to conduct NAEMT Instructor Development. In order to become a qualified instructor, an instructor-candidate must first be PROVIDER certified in the discipline they wish to teach. Many of the courses we provide have different requirements based on the NAEMT or AHA policies and rules. Please contact us for more information or additional resources.

What do your Mobile Training Teams offer?

Each course TEMSOPS presents in our regional area can be brought to any location in the world. Our teams have previously worked in Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are constantly looking to respond to other markets. Sometimes it’s easier to bring a few instructors to a designated area and provide the same level of quality learning and skill development.

If I come to Arizona to attend training, does TEMSOPS have locations for lodging?

Yes, currently we have a partnership with the Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale Arizona 85260. Please contact them at (480) 951-4000 or bestwestern.com for details. TEMSOPS utilizes conference space within the hotel for classes, and it is walking distance to our offices as well. Should you need to make other lodging arrangement, please contact us and our staff will work with you to find a place for you to stay during our time together.

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