Initiated by the elements of the Special Operations Command, the new strategies outlined in 1996 were collectively referred to as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). 90% of combat deaths occur on the battlefield before the casualty ever reaches a medical treatment facility. TCCC launched a total reassessment of practices with one overarching goal: Decrease Preventable Combat Death at the point of wounding. These new strategies based on historical wounding patterns in combat also bear a particular relevance to the operators of Tactical Law Enforcement who share many operational parallels with their military counterparts. Instead of the civilian-based approaches of the past, integrated strategies specific to combat realities continue to emerge. Compared to standard pre-hospital treatment modalities, which are fundamentally based on blunt trauma, TCCC distinguishes itself from the norm by focusing primarily on the intrinsic tactical variables of penetrating trauma compounded by prolonged evacuation times.
Red Cross and EMT courses are great, but in my opinion, save your money and take this. If you want to be of help in a crisis, this is the course you need. You will learn how to prevent death and save lives. I was fortunate enough to attend one while I was in the military, but there are civilian training facilities that offer this course.
Some training materials available at NAEMT.org. NOTE: These training materials are NOT A SUBSTITUTE for taking the course by authorized instructors..