Special Operations Aid & Rescue Holds National Competition for Medics
May 8—The 2018 National Tactical Medicine Competition returns and is being held at Gaston College Regional Training Center just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will occur on Sunday, May 13th beginning at 8 am and lasting until 5 pm. As in previous years, the event will occur the day before the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly Conference.
In total, 12 two-man teams compete for the first place. This year’s competitors came from across North America as well as Australia, Canada and The Netherlands. Each team will be tasked to complete a multi-stage course that is both mentally and physically challenging.
Teams are challenged with a variety of skills, from providing care under fire in a hostile environment, to treating casualties with critical care medicine using limited resources. These are the same skills that tactical medics must utilize when they are faced with a wide range of calls, such as a school shooting or evacuation from a remote location.
Tactical medics are also challenged with rescue skills, such as moving patients with limited resources. Patients may have to be hoisted or lowered depending on the situation to move them to a place where they can meet an ambulance or helicopter to finish moving to the hospital. Competitors have been training throughout the year for this event, and have been given resources to make them better providers both during the competition and when they return to their job.
This event is one of the few opportunities for civilian and tactical medical professionals to work together in friendly competition. With the experience ranging from a civilian tactical medic to medics working in the special operations community, there is sure to be a diverse range of backgrounds. We hope to continue and grow this unique competition, to better prepare our responders, and to help the community better understand the services provided. This will be the third year the event is put on and is sure to be the best yet!
Andrew Rowley, one of the event coordinators, said, "We have continually strived to make an event that would attract a wide range of competitors while also making the event a learning experience for spectators. This has been a unique opportunity to allow family, friends and the public to see into this emerging specialty. We are incredibly excited to showcase the hard work and often thankless job that these true servants of the community and nation perform."
The event is FREE for spectators and will have vendors, and other activities geared towards the whole family. There will be public bleeding control training stations, vendors, raffle, a silent auction, a food truck and more! We made sure that it would be mother approved!
The competition is being held at:
Gaston College-Regional Training Center
201 Highway U.S. 321 S.
Dallas, NC 28034
First Team runs at 8:00 am and should be completed by 5:00 pm
Tickets are free, but we ask you sign-up here.
We asked some previous competitors what they thought, and this was one comment we received:
“Competing this year showed me strengths and deficiencies in my role as a tactical medical provider. I learned that providers need to be able to work off of their vest and belt as much as possible without digging into an aid bag. Providers also need to be well-rounded in their skill set, able to function outside of the medical realm as needed, especially in gaining access to patients via breaching if needed. The competition was a huge opportunity to network and learn from the tactical medical professionals from around the world, which to me was the highlight of the entire event this year.”
—J.C. – Competitor, NTMC 2017
The 2018 National Tactical Medicine Competition wants to thank all of our contributing sponsors, role players, patient actors, judging staff, and adjunct facilitators. The event could not be successful without them all.
Our sponsors are:
- Air Force Special Operations Command Recruiting
- Carolina Fire Rescue and EMS Journal
- Combat Medical
- Core Survival
- Coyote Tactical Systems
- CRO Medical Gear
- Crown Defense
- Grey Ghost Gear
- Haley Strategic Partners
- Juggernaut Case
- Keystone Tactical Supply
- North American Rescue
- Qore Performance
- Silynx Communications
- Techline Trauma
- TYR Tactical
- Velocity Systems
- 5.11 Tactical