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NTOA Calls for More Tactical Medical Training for Officers

October 09, 2013  | 

Every police officer should receive basic tactical medical training to better respond to mass violence such as the Navy Yard massacre, Boston Marathon bombing, and other active-shooter attacks, the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) announced.

The NTOA cited recent mass attacks in its Tuesday statement, which called on agencies to provide patrol officers with Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) training as well as basic tactical medical gear.

"Patrol officers are now trained and equipped to respond to active, violent incidents using tactics that were once reserved for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams," said Dr. Kevin Gerold, a physician at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and NTOA's TEMS chairman. "The time has come to also provide these officers with basic TEMS training and equipment in order to potentially save the lives of victims, bystanders, police officers and suspects in the event they are wounded."

The NTOA will publish its revised position statement on tactical medical training in the Fall 2013 issue of its The Tactical Edge magazine.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/15/2013 2:09 AM

This training is a fantastic idea and should have been the standard since 1970. There is one thing that probably would have stopped this incident before it could ever happen and that is if an unarmed security officer was monitoring the video camera system at the Naval Yard. Just one human in this loop would have seen the threat long before the first shot was fired and could have summoned help to intercept this threat. They have fantastic video surveillance of the suspect before he even fired his first shot but none of the cameras were being monitored in real time. The video is great but if nobody is watching the cameras they offer no crime prevention. All the deaths could have been abated and the suspect could have been rendered void before any crime took place.

no @ 2/21/2014 1:00 PM

How about more law enforcement training for paramedics?

Kevin Gerold @ 2/24/2014 1:21 PM

The NTOA's TEMS Position Statement was published last Fall and is available to all online at:

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