First responders train at Colorado community college

Colorado first responders recently learned the procedures of Tactical Combat Casualty Care during a full day of training at Community College of Aurora, the school said on Tuesday.

The course was meant to help first responders provide immediate medical care until it becomes safe for emergency medical technicians and fire departments to securely enter a potentially dangerous scene. TCCC procedures are used by armed forces around the world as the premier standard in casualty care.

The training at CCA focused on law enforcement using life-saving techniques for leading causes of trauma death and putting the lessons into action in pre-written scenarios. The scenarios included tornadoes, an active shooting, domestic violence and domestic terrorism.

The operations took place on CCA's campus in Lowry.

"There's a good way to mix medicine with law-enforcement tactics," Mark Gibbons, a lead instructor for the Tactical Officers Association's tactical medicine course, said. "There's a right way and a wrong way. This is the right way."

Instructors from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado took part in the training. Rescue Essentials was the underwriter for the training and provided kits with medical materials to participants that could be used in their everyday jobs.

"First responders and law enforcement are there at the most critical time and need to have the basic skill sets to try and save lives," Phil Carey, the president and CEO of Rescue Essentials, said. "Most people in these types of incidents with severe injuries will bleed out in five minutes. And for the time for the scene to be secured and EMS to be cleared to come into a 'warm zone' is just too long."

CCA said the goal is for more states to adopt Trauma Critical Care and TCCC training for all first responders on the scene. TCC is a major initiative for the North Central Region of the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.