During the interactive event, members learned about TCCC’s goals, which are to treat casualties, avoid other casualties, and complete the mission. They also learned the three phases of TCCC; care under fire, tactical field care and tactical evacuation care.
“TCCC is a new Secretary of Defense medical initiative that can be used by all members when deployed in theater or during docking station emergencies,” said Master Sgt. Mike Reynolds, 104MDG Aerospace Medical Technician. âDuring this specific training, 104MDG members went through live action scenarios, practical skills and critical thinking situations to hone their knowledge of combat-related casualties. “
According to Rob Lanouette, consultant in the department for tactical medicine programs at CESI, good medicine can be bad tactic if you don’t do the right thing at the right time.
âThe TCCC course is important in that it is designed to integrate medical care and tactics into a combat environment,â Lanouette said. “TCCC addresses these differences.”
Lanouette went on to describe the goal of the three phases of care. During the healing phase under fire, treatment is limited to suppressing hostile fire, taking the victim into cover and controlling massive bleeding.
Tactical field care is the care given to the victim after the victim and the rescuer are no longer under effective fire. Further assessment and treatment is rendered.
Tactical evacuation care is care that is rendered while being transported by plane, vehicle, or boat to a higher care role. The care that was provided in Tactical Field Care continues in this phase. Further care may be provided as additional equipment may be carried by the evacuation unit.
Reynolds said mastering the three phases can play a vital role in saving lives.
âIt is important that all military personnel are trained at TCCC bases, so if a situation arises, life can be sustained until the next level of care can be accomplished,â Reynolds said. “It was a great training for the members who attended as it allowed us to perform under pressure and really test our knowledge, not to mention the camaraderie that was felt throughout the training.”
On the second day of training, 104MDG Airmen were to participate in a final scenario. This scenario was the culmination of the TCCC objectives which were learned throughout the course and is designed to simulate an austere environment. Audio and visual devices, environmental conditions, and physical activity have been used to induce the stress that is often found in these environments.
Lanouette, also a former Marine who served as a paramedic for 28 years and a state soldier for 21 years, said he was impressed with the work ethic and the ability of the 104MDG members to complete the 16-hour course. with success.
âThe 104th did a great job representing the Air Force Medical Services mission by demonstrating its commitment to providing trusted care,â Lanouette said. âAs the coordinator of the final script, I asked them a lot. I may have pulled some of them out of their comfort zone during this mentally and physically demanding final scenario. The 104th was able to achieve the course objectives and should be proud of this accomplishment.