Two years ago, I warned everyone that Paramedics and EMS teams were training for urban warfare and people claimed, I had no clue what I was talking about.
I wish they were right, but as you’ll see it’s getting worse. For two years now, paramedics nationwide have been competing in marksmanship contests!
EMS teams are also using mass shootings as an excuse to train with SWAT teams.
EMS training with SWAT teams is not about public safety
A recent article in the Greeley Tribune reveals, how the mass media wants the public to believe that paramedics training with SWAT teams is about public safety.
In Colorado, a tactical emergency medical team clad in Kevlar vests closely followed a police SWAT team during training exercises in an urban setting.
Osborn sets up the drills because his tactical EMS team of eight gets called out to offer medical support along with SWAT. Training together regularly helps real situations run more smoothly between the two organizations.
“It’s been a huge game-changer having tactical EMS medics with us,” Meyer said. “If one of our guys gets hurt, they can help right away. If we hurt a suspect — we try not to — we have people who can render aid.”
Does anyone really believe training EMS teams to shoot people will make everyone safer?
Ambulance company trains EMS to become good marksman
Riggs Ambulance company a family owned ambulance company of 60+ years has begun training tactical medics to work with SWAT teams, police departments and Sheriff departments. According to Riggs, their Medicsmeet all marksmanship requirements. (Click here, here, here & here to see more examples of EMS training with SWAT teams.)
A Google search of “EMS trains with SWAT” returned close to 1.2 million hits. What’s becoming apparent with each passing year, is how EMT’s are being armed and trained to act like cops.
What’s wrong with this picture?
America is not in a civil war, the public isn’t the enemy and it’s not about public safety. So why are we turning paramedics into cops?
Paramedics carry weapons and wear the same clothing as SWAT teams
“There is one major difference between the city and county medical teams — the county team is armed. All of the county medical staffers are also qualified as reserve officers and are allowed to carry weapons. The city has no comparable program, so the SWAT team medics are not armed, Royer said.”
Paramedics compete against each other by shooting at targets!
Below, is a list of event rules:
Each event will have four (4) competitors, all capable of engaging in handgun and shoulder fired weapons courses of fire. All team members will shoot specific, documented courses of fire.
Each events competition team requires a minimum of one (1) personnel possessing an active (non-expired) state or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification “or higher” and certified in one (1) or more of the following:
- Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) through the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT -or-
- Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) through the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians -or-
- Tactical Paramedic – Certified (TP-C) through the International Board for Specialty Certifications (IBSC) -or-
- Advanced Tactical Paramedic (ATP) through the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
The National Tactical Medics Challenge isn’t the only competition where EMT”s get to shoot at targets. This May, ‘Soldier Systems’ is holding a National Tactical Medicine Competition.
TE is a Florida based law enforcement, security and military; consulting and training organization. TE boasts that their Tactical Operations Series Training has set the standard throughout the tactical law enforcement, security and military special operations communities (Click here & here to learn how paramedics are being trained to become TacMeds)
TE’s slogan for paramedics: “Tactical Element is Your Choice for T.O.S.”, T.O.S. means ‘Tactical Operations Series Training’.
Isn’t that what America needs, EMT’s trained to act soldiers and cops?