A young athletically built male gets stabbed in the abdomen at a gas station and robbed of his wallet. A lady leaving her Wednesday night church service is attacked in the parking lot and shot in the arm as she tries to fend off her attacker with her purse. A police officer is shot by a criminal in the neck during a stand-off and his fellow officers stand by and watch as he bleeds out because EMS cannot get to their location. A child in the back seat of a car has his leg severed critically during a series of catastrophic events related to a car accident.

The above paragraph is just to paint a picture in your head. And I didn’t even mention terrorist shootings or bombings. None of these things are out of the realm of ordinary. In fact, they all have happened and continue to happen in some form on a daily basis. If nobody is around to help you immediately, what do you do? Call 911? They are only minutes away, right?  15-20 minutes in the above mentioned scenarios would more than likely cost every person their life.

So how do we help ourselves?  Our initial response may be “Carry your Gun!!” Ok, the police officer mentioned had a gun and the last scenario with the child would not have been fixed by a gun. One answer, and quite frankly the correct answer, is learn to tend to your own wounds, especially the life threatening ones. Basic First Aid/CPR is great and should be learned by all and maintained. However, with the way society tends to be headed it’s likely you might encounter a situation in the future where knowing how to tend to life threatening wounds could save your life or a life of a loved one. These skills are important to know regardless of whether you carry a gun or not. Terrible situations can arise anywhere, anytime.

Where do we get training? This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend one of the best Tac Med(Tactical Medicine) classes I’ve ever attended. The class was put on by Todd Hunter from United Tactical Federation at our Elite Firearms Training Facility in West Palm Beach, FL. We learned everything from tourniquet application, use of chest seals, proper use and placement of different bandages, symptoms for various forms of shock and so much more. We will be hosting him again in the near future and will have dates posted soon. Check out his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/UTFHQ/