Tactical combat casualty care, also known as “T-Triple-C” in the emergency medical field, is a course adapted from the battlefield to civilian medicine to provide the best chance of survival in mass casualty situations, as well as everyday trauma incidents.
TCCC focuses on life-threatening injuries that can be treated in the field to reduce casualties.
The course skills included proper tourniquet use, managing airway threats, chest injuries and quick evacuation to medical care.
TCCC is used mostly for combat operations, but with the threat of active killer situations, which can include shooters, bombings, vehicles as weapons and other scenarios, WEMA used the training to arm medics and advanced emergency medical technicians with the tools and information to keep the county safe.
WEMA trained with the Wilson County sheriff’s special response team to form a rescue task force to become better prepared.
EMS Chief Brian Newberry, who is also a medic for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, has worked on the RTF training county-wide for the last few years.