The Atlantic: "In mass shootings and terror attacks, perhaps civilians could be their own first responders."
It's not often The Atlantic weighs in on issues pertaining to preparedness. (Note that's not a criticism, but rather an observation.) In the wake of the Paris attacks, however, media outlets of all sorts ran a plethora of articles about terrorism and how to survive it. The Atlantic was no exception.
Karl Rehn of KR Training shared with me this piece from November 20 in which the magazine states that a number of doctors believe you and I ought to be the first responders. Tactical first aid, as it is called in the medical training community, is simply first aid provided in dangerous conditions. Those dangerous conditions might be an active shooter, a car wreck, or other environmental hazard.
As many of us in the firearms community are prompt to point out: "when seconds count, the first responders are minutes away." A response time of several minutes for someone who has experienced a traumatic injury with severe bleeding may not be sufficient to save their life. Those victims need first aid immediately, and sometimes they require it in less than safe conditions. That's where tactical first aid comes in.
Many often ask "what can we do to reduce the risk of terrorism or random violence?" Often those discussions turn to various ideas about gun control. Regardless of where you stand on the gun control issue, it's highly unlikely any one person is going to advance the ball one way or another in that debate. However, there are some things we can do on an individual level - and one of those is getting quality first aid training, to include training in tactical first aid.
I have done a fair amount of tactical first aid training with Lone Star Medics in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. This company, along with others, provide various levels of tactical first aid training across the country. In a country that embraces preparedness, we would all have some first aid training, including exposure on how to provide aid in dynamic environments.
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