Tactical First Aid Guidelines

Today’s first aid and CPR training programs are supported by governments, industries and employers. Australians expect safe environments at home, work and school, and first aid training providers offer proactive solutions to low-frequency, high-risk emergencies. First aid and CPR courses are beneficial for every Australian who is eager to take the lead and save lives when no one else can, with some courses specifically designed for people who are more likely to encounter emergency and casualty situations. Tactical Emergency Casualty Care is one such course, with Real First Aid training applicable to the military, police, security and protection personnel, paramedics, medical emergency staff and many more people working in dangerous occupations.

Does tactical first aid include trauma injury response?

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (RFATAC001-3) is for people who want to make dangerous surroundings and situations safer. As the name implies, ‘tactics’ are often a team effort requiring first aid communication skills to compliment procedural skills, making realistic simulation training a valuable learning tool. Real First Aid are the first aid and CPR simulation training experts who take every opportunity to enhance first aid response practice with realism that greatly assists knowledge and skills retention. The course includes the kinetics of trauma along with an introduction to treating trauma injuries, plus a lot of other life-saving procedures.

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On site training available

Course length: 1-2 days

Accredited content

Simulation training included

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Are first aid training guidelines the same for tactical first aid?

Tactical first aid contains the full range of first aid qualifications and capabilities. In addition, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care introduces students to large scale emergency scenarios requiring highly effective teamwork, communication and leadership from a number of people. The attainments gained in Provide CPR (HLTAID001), Provide First Aid (HLTAID003), and Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID006) are an ideal introduction to Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (RFATAC001-3). Tactical Emergency Casualty Care attainments include:

Kinematics of trauma for understanding motion, energy and the potential for injury related to speed of victim, vehicle or weapon.
Introduction to treating trauma by identifying life-threatening injuries, stabilising the victim and proceeding with appropriate treatments.
Explosive theory for developing an understanding of the variety of explosive devices and weapons, plus appropriate emergency response.
Ballistic theory to investigate the launch, flight and behaviour of projectiles such as bombs and bullets, including correct emergency and first aid response.
Applying a makeshift tourniquet to control excessive bleeding along with monitoring the casualty and applying CPR and airway management.
Use of haemostatic agents and other first aid interventions for slowing blood loss and stabilising the victim.
Management of open sucking wounds such as those caused by knives or other sharp objects that damage organs and make breathing difficult.
Introduction to triage for prioritising the needs of multiple victims simultaneously, including communication and teamwork with other emergency responders.

Tactical First Aid Guidelines

Is medical training a pre-requisite for tactical first aid?

In recent years the function of medical professionals, paramedics and trained first aiders has begun to overlap. The introduction of portable life-saving equipment including defibrillators, oxygen equipment, adrenaline auto-injectors and other devices has led to a first aid training revolution supported by Real First Aid. Trained first aiders are now much more likely to save lives or at least maintain life symptoms until qualified medics arrive. Tactical first aid attainments allow trained first aiders to work alongside professional medical emergency response crews and increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

Real First Aid uses simulation training as incorporated by the military, police and emergency services, ensuring our course participants graduate with genuine emergency response skills and the determination to act with decisiveness whenever help is needed. Simulation training is immersive, allowing students to understand the actual dynamics of time-sensitive emergency response, where every moment can make a real difference between life and death. Simulation training involves timed emergency practice response using actors, props, familiar settings, emergency sirens, emergency equipment and more for a comprehensive introduction to successful tactical first aid response and procedures.