Mass casualty incidents and tactical medical capabilities amongst first responders: 2018 IPSA Study grant report

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Jason Hartley


C-TECC, TCCC, Tactical medicine


In August 2018, I was awarded the inaugural Australian Tactical Medical Association (ATMA) study grant to attend the International Public Safety Association (IPSA) Fall 2018 Symposium in Virginia, United States of America (USA) and conduct research in tactical medical methodologies utilised by first responders.

 This report outlines the outcomes of my objectives for the study grant:

  • Record the content and lessons learnt by attendance at the International Public Safety Association (IPSA) 2018 Fall Symposium; and

  • Explore tactical medical methodologies, particularly within law enforcement and its application to Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) response.

 The IPSA Fall 2018 Symposium primarily focused on MCIs and the planning, response and recovery to such incidents by first responders, such as Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), Paramedics/Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Firefighters and other emergency personnel.

 Due to operational sensitivities, some information or conversations from engagements is redacted. This, however, has not affected the substance of this report nor its recommendations.

 My goal for this study grant is to promote awareness and education to groups or organisations which have had limited exposure to tactical medical methodologies or MCIs. Through simple knowledge and equipment, survivability amongst victims and first responders can be significantly improved.

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