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matt202 last won the day on May 27 2011

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  1. IMHO you are of no use to anyone if you are in there and dead because you cannot protect yourself. Please tell me what is the difference between somebody else taking a life to protect you, rather than you doing the same?
  2. Can carry 9mm SLP, MP5 carbine, G36c or k. Shotgun, Taser, L1A1 Baton gun and a lot of attitude. X
  3. Should have completed this earlier, sorry. I am a police officer, trained as a paramedic, working on UK tactical firearms team.

  4. Anecdotal accounts are one thing but is there any hard evidence around the time taken from injury to the time the time EMS gets hands on the patient during swat team deployments? Furthermore is there any evidence in relation to unarmed tactical medics moving forward to manage casualties while the swat team is still dealing with the threat? My reasons for asking are that in my experience in the UK if you are not in there as part of the team you don't get in there until it is safe. This is due to a variety of reasons and i'm asking so as to learn from your experiences to improve our system. Regards Matt
  5. Would really like your views on the above. In the UK tactical medicine is in it's infancy. I am aware that there are many variations in relation to the topic in the US. Are there any of you out there that are providing support to swat teams, working in the hot zone (where bullets are flying) doing it unarmed? If so, has this ever been tested? Where I work my bosses would not let EMS into the scene until it was safe. As a police officer and paramedic I would really appreciate your experiences.
  6. I agree fully. I think you misunderstood me. The role of the team medic is about the team and everything that relates to the team and the deployment but that is just the first link in the chain. The next bit is about having the appropriate EMS response ready to receive the patient. That may be an ambulance around the next block, but it may also include a doc and one, two or more ambulances or helicopters for that matter with docs on board at appropriate landing sites close to the incident. It depends on the job and the medical threat assessment that relates to that job.
  7. chbare. Agree fully, with your comments. It is essential that EMS provide an appropriate response to tactical operations at a location outside of the immediate threat. This however is poles apart from the role of the tactical paramedic/s working as part of the team. Regards Matt
  8. I've spent 18 years working on the UK equivalent of a SWAT team and on that basis feel pretty qualified to add my $0.02 worth to this thread!!!
  9. IMHO any medic that goes into a tactical situation without the ability to protect themselves is asking to get killed. To me whats even worse than that is they are asking another team member to put their life on the line to protect them.
  10. As akflightmedic has said, casualty evacuation. IMHO having access to such a vehicle is an essential part of any tactical medical response. regards Matt
  11. Are the vehicles kitted as a dedicated casevac platform, i.e stretcher and ambulance equipment or are they just armoured vehicles with the rear seats removed?
  12. Would be interested to know whether or not those of you working with the police swat teams have the use of armoured casevac vehicles?
  13. Now I know I'm not going to be popular with this response, but in the UK there have been two incidents of this type in the last 25 years. Michael Ryan in Hungerford and Thomas Hamilton in Dunblain. The UK government banned handguns and made it very difficult to obtain any other type of firearm legally. Since then there have been no other incidents of this type. I think that in the US you have to accept that if you make firearms available to the general public, eventually, this type of scenario will occur.
  14. I carry a sig 2022 slp plus either H&K MP5 or H&K G36C.
  15. Would be interested to know how many of you out there, who support police tactical teams, are armed for your own protection?
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