The tool bag of the tactical medical first responder includes a finite and easily mastered collection of devices. In tactical medicine, each piece requires not just an understanding of how it is applied and for what indication, but also facility of the application while under duress. In order to master care under fire, practice and
In this day and age, those in the roles of sheepdogs and/or gunfighters are expected to do more with less. Peace officers are expected to make entry to dangerous active-shooter situations with what resources they have. Our soldiers can get into gunfights while clearing structures in faraway lands looking for bad guys. Many lessons have
In 480 B.C., the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes numbered—according to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus—two million men. The Persian army bridged the Hellespont and marched to invade Greece. King Leonidas of Sparta and 300 handpicked Spartan warriors—along with Hoplites from another Greek city-state—marched to meet Xerxes at the narrow mountain gap along the coast at Thermopylae. The gap along the coast was a mere 60 feet wide and was the best location for a blocking action.
A man stranded for three days on a snowy mountain road in Montana attributed his survival to God, a rationed supply of beef jerky, and the game that he played on his cellphone to keep his wits. David Heatherly stated that his sports-utility vehicle became stuck Sunday afternoon on a back road in the National