Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

The content of Real First Aid’s (RFA) tactical medical courses is designed to prepare students to be leaders during a critical security incident, to gain the knowledge and skills to implement life saving interventions and take direction while working as a team of professionals.


The combat first aid course is most relevant to:

  • Police officers
  • Security forces
  • Diplomatic service personnel
  • Emergency services
  • Staff at high value targets
  • Humanitarian workers
  • Military personnel
  • International services
  • First responders

TECC Level 1 Length: 1 day

This course introduces the themes of providing rst aid in a hostile environment and the unique factors that must be considered. The theory and practical rst aid management of ballistic, penetrating and blast injuries will be covered as well as a range of airway management, bandaging and self-care skills.

Commercial and improvised bandaging and application of tourniquets will be taught, to ensure students leave with the ability to apply these life saving interventions in nearly any environment with limited resources.

The theory and skills sessions will be followed by realistic re-enactments where participants will have to put their skills to the test in a simulated environment.

TECC Level 2  Length: 2 days

TECC Level 2 introduces a range of advanced topics such as haemostatic dressings, triage and open suck- ing wounds. Students will have the opportunity to practice their skills and knowledge during skill sessions, live exercises and table-top drills. At the end of this course students should be able to assess, manage and respond to a medical emergency in a hostile area safely, thoroughly and effectively.


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On Site Training

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Training Available Nationally
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May Include Pyrotechnics
Provide CPR in Dangerous Situations

Simulated 000 Calls

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Lights and Sirens

Accreditation: The courses follow the guidelines endorsed by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and are taught by RFA’s specialised team consisting of military and civilian paramedics and security personnel with experience working in high threat envirocombat first aid course logonments.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care


On site training available

Course length: 1-2 days

Accredited content

Simulation training included

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Tactical First Aid

It takes a certain type of character to deliver first aid amidst dangerous and violent surroundings or people. Many Australian heroes have earned their bravery awards doing just that; on war-torn front lines, during national disasters, and as everyday paramedics making our cities safer places to live. Responding to emergencies where injuries are severe, including multi-casualty events, takes courage, and when the response is coupled with Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Tactical First Aid), the capacity for engaging onlookers and assistants in the process of saving multiple lives is a real possibility.

First aid attainments gained in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care otherwise known as Tactical Emergency Combat Care or Tactical First Aid are extensive, dealing with patient scenarios commonly experienced by military, police, and medical emergency response personnel. The first aid skill-set developed in the course represents progressive first responder techniques applicable to the modern world. At Real First Aid, an Introduction to Tactical Medicine and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care provides greater insight and deeper learning, culminating in simulated scenarios that mimic large scale accidents and emergencies with numerous casualties and specialised tactical first aid solutions.

Who Would Benefit Attending a Combat First Aid Course?

Real First Aid courses are the real deal, offering nationally accredited attainments accepted by reputable employers and government agencies. The first aid knowledge and skill-set developed in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Level 1 & 2 are the same as those learnt by Department of Defence personnel, enabling course graduates to handle life-threatening trauma situations in any environment. Real First Aid instructors are highly qualified and capable emergency services and medical professionals with the capacity to impart deep learning and decisive emergency response capabilities for people in dangerous occupations and life-threatening situations.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care / Tactical first aid is particularly applicable to people working in environments where conventional first aid interventions are impractical or ineffective. Society is constantly changing, and not always for the better, necessitating the introduction of larger military, police and security forces, along with the capacity for adequate response to large-scale disasters involving multiple casualties. When orderly civilian protocols fail, tactical emergency casualty care and tactical first aid decision making is the required rapid response that saves lives. Anyone considering a career in the armed forces, police, emergency services or other occupations requiring confidence, bravery and skill will benefit immensely from a course in tactical emergency casualty care.

What Trauma Care and First Responder Skills Will I Learn?

Real First Aid courses are structured for practical application in the real world. The courses are complementary, building a solid foundation for multi-skilled first aid and CPR practitioners. As a specialised course, An Introduction to Tactical Medicine is particularly beneficial for people working in dangerous, life-threatening occupations, or for those who are likely to be called upon for intense first aid intervention. Skills learnt in the content of the RFA0001 include:

Kinematics of trauma: Understanding the laws of motion, energy, and the potential for trauma injury. Investigating injuries relative to the speed of the victim, vehicle, weapon or other cause of trauma injury.

Introduction to treating trauma: Identifying life-threatening trauma injuries, stabilising the patient, and commencing or organising appropriate treatments.

Explosive theory: Develop an understanding of explosive theory along with first aid response for low explosives, high explosives, combustion explosion and other detonated devices.

Ballistic theory: This theory investigates the launch, flight, and behaviour of projectiles including bullets and bombs. Ballistic theory assists first responders and medical staff to ascertain the degree of injury suffered, along with the correct emergency first aid treatment.

Applying a makeshift tourniquet: A tourniquet can be any constricting band of cloth or other material wrapped around the arm or leg to control excessive bleeding. Casualties are monitored for deteriorating conditions and first aid procedures such as airway management or CPR applied if necessary.

Use of hemostatic agents: Slowing blood loss using topical coagulating agents and other first aid interventions.

Management of open sucking wounds: Victims of gun, knife, or other sharp object attack can suffer puncture wounds in the chest, resulting in disturbed breathing and potentially collapsed lungs. Real First Aid training provides the solution.

Introduction to triage: Accessing and prioritising the needs of multiple patients suffering from diverse injury symptoms. Teamwork and leadership skills are in demand during large injury trauma rescue and recovery missions.

Why is Real First Aid Recommended in 2018?

Although a relatively young first aid training provider, Real First Aid has developed a large market share of serious first aid trainees requiring a realistic learning experience. Although combat first aid attainments have always been respected and appreciated, the low-frequency use of knowledge and skill-set attainments resulted in unwanted dispersal of life-saving ability over time. In response, Real First Aid focuses on immersive learning techniques delivered by simulation training for greater knowledge and skills retention.

Simulation training elicits natural, real-time reactions during emergency response situations. Simulations are tailored for work, school, and community groups requiring specialised training suited to their environment. For tactical first aid training, including tactical emergency casualty care level 1 and 2, realistic simulations include lights, sirens, emergency calls, trauma wounds, pyrotechnics, actors, props and more to ensure tactical first aid learning provides a comprehensive and confident approach to saving lives now and into the future.