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Tactical Medicine for Law Enforcement
Thursday, April 2 - Friday, April 3, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office (Community Room)
Directions: 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Course Description:  This course is designed to teach law enforcement officers and other first responders how to treat and manage trauma patients in a civilian tactical environment. Utilizing a mix of classroom presentation and hands-on skills practice, attendees will learn how to provide life-sustaining treatments in threatening environments. Instructors will leverage overseas and domestic military experiences in order to illustrate and convey lessons learned in hostile situations. Upon course completion, students will be able to identify and treat the leading causes of preventable death in a multi-phase tactical environment. 

Instructor:  SFC Thomas Keating has over eight years of experience as an instructor in classroom and field environments. SFC Keating has been an instructor at WRCTC for two years, where he has taught Tactical Medicine.  SFC Keating is a Special Forces Medical Sergeant who has planned and executed Tactical Combat Casualty Care training for Thai, Afghan, and Korean Special Forces. SFC Keating is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course and holds certification as a Special Operations Advanced Tactical Paramedic (SO-ATP).  

Instructor:  SGT Ethan McDonald has been teaching and practicing medicine in the field for over three years while serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Ethan recently transitioned from active duty and joined the WRCTC as a primary instructor where he teaches Tactical Medicine for Law Enforcement. He brings real world experiences to the classroom from his time serving overseas as a Ranger medic, working in overseas trauma centers, domestic trauma centers, and domestic EMS agencies. Ethan is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, and holds the Special Operations Advanced Tactical Paramedic (SO-ATP) certification.

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