Recent events throughout our country have spurred a national discussion on the survivability of victims and safety of first responders during active shooter events and other forms of aggressive deadly behavior.
The Virginia Beach Department of EMS created this course that integrates lessons learned from the responses to recent attacks and emphasizes the importance of immediate interventions on potentially preventable causes of death.
During the 4 hour course, career and volunteer operational-support team members learned concepts relating to  rescue task force movement,  hemorrhage control,  triage.
Staff reviewed previous incidents major mass casualty incidents and apply concepts related to  on-scene command,  critical decision making and  proper placement of apparatus.
This class combines both classroom learning and practical stations to better develop members’ skill set on wound packing, tourniquet use, and patient extraction.
Additional field training will take place in the near future to include casualty role players simulating trauma injuries as a resulting of criminal activities including active shooter and other types of deadly aggression.
Did you know EMT and Paramedic training is free when you join the Volunteer Rescue Squads of VA Beach?
To learn more go to: Join VBEMS.