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Recommended First Aid training

Postby mloamiller » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:03 pm

Looking for recommendations/suggestions on a good first aid course to take. As an instructor, I want to be as prepared as possible should things go bad at the range.

I saw a comment in a magazine article about a BLS course - Basic Life Support - and found one through the Red Cross called "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers". It seems to be a good option, but I'm not sure if the "for Healthcare Providers" indicates it's not really what I'm looking for.

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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Bitter Clinger » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:10 pm

Can't say enough good things about Lone Star Medics:

http://lonestarmedics.com/lsm-schedule/
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Middle Age Russ » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:20 pm

BLS is a good course -- for what it is. It doesn't really get into traumatic wound care (stopping the bleeding) or dealing with sucking chest wounds. For shooting sports activities you may want to pursue a course designed to address these topics. In our county, the Montgomery County Hospital District conducts a shooting sports wound care class and it is free. This is a reasonably basic class with a lot of good information -- particularly for the price. I have also attended two other more extensive training sessions with other providers and got more hands-on experience in them.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:30 pm

Funny this comes up just now. I was looking for TECC training recently and hadn't been able to finish my search... subscribed.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby tomneal » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:32 pm

Plus 2 for Lone Star Medics

Deb & I took their traumatic first aid class last year both of us recommend it.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Rpenn57 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:49 pm

I recently took a First Aid class given by an American Heart Assoc certified instructor. Locations vary so you have to go to their web site to look them up. This one was at the Georgetown EMS building. It was pretty good, lasted four hours and included some hands-on exercises. Certification lasts two years and you get a wallet card verifying your proficiency.

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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby mloamiller » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:54 pm

tomneal wrote:Plus 2 for Lone Star Medics

Deb & I took their traumatic first aid class last year both of us recommend it.


I saw a "Dynamic First Aid" and a "Range Response" class listed on their website. The Range Response class is described as "If you are a firearms instructor, range officer, a match director, or just someone that spends their weekend out on the range; this course is for you! " I think I'll send them an email about a schedule; I didn't see this course listed on their up-coming calendar.

Thanks for the tips. I knew this group would come up with a good answer.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby AndyC » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:11 pm

I took the TCCC course last year from Tactical Medics Group down in Angleton, south of Houston. More appropriate might be their (or someone else's) TECC course - the E being 'Emergency' - which is the same course but leaves out all the "Care Under Fire" stuff that's irrelevant.

I do like that those courses are NAEMT-certified.

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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby glock75 » Sun May 21, 2017 12:05 am

[Pre-paid legal service] provided all of their instructors a Tactical Combat Casualty Care 8 hr course for free last year. I had previously taken a similar course a few years before. This goes ways beyond American Red Cross basic courses and are highly recommended. Having said that, Lone Star Medic is a great a great class to take.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Crossfire » Sun May 21, 2017 2:07 pm

Lone Star Medic puts on a good class. But, it made me realize that 8 hours of training is not enough.

He spent a good amount of time on heat related problems - which is probably a lot more common on the range than a gun shot wound. But, he also covered bleeding, chest wounds, and sprained/broken limbs.

Having done the Texas LTC thing for almost 20 years now, I can say we have never had a gun shot wound on the range. (And hope we never do!)

But, we have had a diabetic related fainting, a couple of bee and wasp stings, more than a few heat related problems, and more slide bites than I can count. (Only one requiring further medical attention. Who knew you could manage to get a slide bite bad enough to need stitches?)

So, the class is good. Definitely better than nothing, and probably more attuned to your needs than a standard Red Cross First Aid class. But, still not enough, unless you practice what you learned.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Jago668 » Sun May 21, 2017 10:31 pm

Bitter Clinger wrote:Can't say enough good things about Lone Star Medics:

http://lonestarmedics.com/lsm-schedule/



I agree. I took their Medic 1 course. I would highly recommend his classes.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby ktfiend » Sun May 21, 2017 10:58 pm

Try looking at a CERT class. I really learned a lot in there and the final drill is always challenging.

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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby SRO1911 » Sun May 21, 2017 11:28 pm

While ot really depends on what you want to spend, and how much time you
the best bang for the buck - in my opinion - is the teex 5 day ems-emr course.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby The Annoyed Man » Mon May 22, 2017 6:30 am

Bitter Clinger wrote:Can't say enough good things about Lone Star Medics:

http://lonestarmedics.com/lsm-schedule/

Exactly. Take their 2-Day "Medic 1" class. I am a much better prepared person for having done so.
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Re: Recommended First Aid training

Postby Scott B. » Mon May 22, 2017 11:28 am

ktfiend wrote:Try looking at a CERT class. I really learned a lot in there and the final drill is always challenging.

Community Emergency Response Team

It's a FEMA course put on through the fie department.



CERT is a good program, but it's very remedial first aid. Great if you've never had anything but a bit lacking.
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