Founded in late 2009, The Coalition for Tactical Medicine (CTM) mission is to strengthen the lifesaving capabilities of tactical medical providers worldwide.
CTM is managed by a board of directors: R. A. “Doc” Clinchy, Chairman; Nelson Tang, Vice Chairman; Sandra Jo “Sam” Bradley, Secretary; John Croushorn, Treasurer; Scott Garrett; Kevin B. Gerold; Donald (Don) C. Heath, Jr.; Buddy G. Kozen; Patrick W. J. Linnenbank; Anne McKeague; Corey Russ; and Josh Salmons; and three committees: Advisory; Fundraising; and Scholarship/Program Approval.
CTM will financially support training of tactical law enforcement and military medical providers participating in training programs that voluntarily operate within the guiding principles that underlie the CTM mission
While our Scholarship/Program Approval Committee is currently revising our guidelines, our guiding principles can be summarized in three words: competence, capability and courage.
- That the program of instruction and instructor personnel are under the medical oversight and direction of a physician possessing documented history of real-world medical oversight and direction of medical providers from military medical, tactical law enforcement and/or security sector environments;
- That the individuals doing the day-to-day instruction of the courses have documented real-world experience as tactical medical operators in the military, tactical law enforcement, or security sector environments, having delivered casualty care in all three phases of Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
- The educational content of the program of instruction is consistent with current guidelines as prescribed by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) and also taking into account the competencies identified by the National TEMS Council (NTC) and the guidelines recommended by Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC).
- The program of instruction ensures fair and adequate exposure to a broad base of current medical technologies and therapeutics in order to avoid bias towards any specific proprietary products, services or systems;
- The program of instruction is delivered in an intense hands-on setting with such training primarily delivered in a combination of didactic, practicum and real-time scenarios. This recognizes that tactical medical education is most effective when it replicates real situations encountered in the tactical medical environment. This requirement recognizes that tactical medical care is unique in that it cannot be adequately taught utilizing computer-based and/or purely classroom delivery.
- The program recognizes that the people who deliver tactical medical care are a unique cadre of individuals who must possess exceptional characteristics. Consequently, the program of instruction carefully screens prospective course participants to be certain that their participation is needs-based and that they possess the background and maturity to be responsible tactical medical providers at the conclusion of training.
To learn more about the Coalition for Tactical Medicine, visit http://www.coalitiontacticalmedicine.org.
Richard A. “Doc” Clinchy, PhD, EMT-P, is chair of the Coalition for Tactical Medicine.