Tactical Medics have the primary responsibility of providing medical care for special operations police teams, but their duties extend far beyond that task.  Providers operate in a specialized and highly discriminating endeavor that requires intensive training, discipline, and a unique relationship with law enforcement and military units. 

High profile shootings such as Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Aurora Movie Theater, and countless other incidents have shifted how law enforcement agencies operate and respond.  There have been two major shifts in the dogma related to SWAT and law enforcement operations over the last 10 years. The first change was Police Contact Teams that focus on aggressively pursuing active shooters with the initial arriving assets on hand, instead of waiting for a SWAT team.  The second change was to recognize the need for point of injury treatment and an emergency medical response protocol. This includes training officers/agents in “self-aid” and “buddy aid” with the focus on bleeding control.  Rescue Task Force Operational Concepts get First Responders into the Warm Zone to mitigate Life Threats utilizing basic Life Saving Interventions.  Law enforcement K9 team handlers not only need to be able to provide immediate Life Saving Interventions for themselves, their partners, but for their K9 partner.  Pre-Hospital Providers also need to understand how to medically treat K9s if the need arises. 

Another aspect of this shift is the inclusion of organic assets, SWAT teams are now increasingly implementing a dedicated tactical medical component as part of their configuration; and involving, or at least notifying local EMS and hospitals, about law enforcement operations that have a high risk for injuries. 

 In the ever-changing world of Tactical Medicine, Education, Skills and Training Experiences have to change with it.  VAMS strives to ensure our courses not only meet but exceed current standards.  Our staff has the capability to adapt courses to the skills, knowledge and needs of our students.  Ready to get started? Find a class


our courses:

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Developed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technician's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee,  this 3 day 24-hour course covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in the tactical situation.  

Tactical combat casualty care course (TCCC)

TCCC has become the standard of care for the tactical management of combat casualties within the Department of Defense and is the sole standard of care dually endorsed by both the American College of Surgeons and the NAEMT for casualty management in tactical environments.


Tactical Medic Provider Course (TMP)

 The 7 day Comprehensive Tactical Medic Provider Course is designed to introduce pre-hospital providers to the dynamic world of tactical medicine.  Through years of experience working in both law enforcement special operations and military combat operations, we offer an up to date tactical medical evidence-based course that is physically, as well as mentally challenging.  

Self Care & Buddy Aid Course (SCBA) for Law Enforcement & First Response

The SCBA course is designed utilizing the best practices supported by the CoTCCC, NAEMT TECC , and NAEMT’s PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee.

Tactical Medicine K9 Handler Course

VAMS 24 hour Tactical Medicine K9 Handler Course is designed to meet the tactical medical pre-vet and pre-hospital needs of operational K9 handlers.  

Tactical Medicine K9 Advance Provider Course

As K9 operations increase, the probability that Pre-Hosptial Providers may encounter a K9 patient has grown expediently over the past decade.  providers today need to understand the importance of having the ability manage a sick or a traumatically injured K9.




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