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This class will be a basic, yet comprehensive certification course (certification through TTPOA) for those personnel assigned or desiring to be assigned as a Tactical Medical Support element for a SWAT/Tactical Team. All aspects of TEMS will be covered. This course will consist of 60+ hours of instruction over five days. This class will be taught at the Lubbock Police Department Training Facility in Lubbock, Texas. Other off-site locations will also be utilized.

9/9/2019 to 9/13/2019
When: Monday, September 9, 2019
7:00 AM
Where: Lubbock Texas
11602 West 19th Street
Lubbock, Texas 
United States
Contact: Kelley Pirkle

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**Class will start promptly at 0700 on Monday September 9, 2019**


Course Topics:

·       History & Development of Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS); The general history, development and operation of modern SWAT units; The general operational philosophy/model of armed vs. unarmed SWAT medics

·       Ethical/Legal issues related to SWAT and TEMS; Funding and interagency cooperation of TEMS Units

·       SWAT Operations/tactics and intervention strategies; High-Threat Extraction in the tactical environment, 2019 TECC/TCCC overview & updates

·       Weapons familiarization/make safe issues; Medical Threat Assessment; Medicine Across the Barricade

·       Patient assessment in austere environments; Advanced Airway management; Operational planning along with extended operations mitigation; Chemical Agents/Less than lethal devices overview and treatment modalities

·       TEMS units equipment carry considerations; Team health/team sustainment issues; Advanced trauma management and other TEMS pertinent subjects



Nationally registered or state certified EMT-B or higher. 

Preference will be given to students who are already, or soon will be assigned to an existing SWAT/Tactical Team.  Current EMS certification and agency I.D. must be provided. 

**Other EMS/Non-medical providers may be given consideration by special permission. 

Please contact Brian Lankford 806-577-8486 tacstar796@gmail.com for special considerations. 

**Although there is no P.T. Test to gain entry into the class, it will be physically demanding at times.    Students should be at a level of physical fitness that would be expected of a SWAT Officer/Tactical Medic working in a TEMS environment.  

**There will be a TTPOA medical/injury liability release waiver**

**Students will, as part of the class be exposed to CS gas in a supervised environment (mandatory). Additionally, students may also be exposed to a Taser EMD device. 


Required Equipment:

Basic SWAT uniform to include: BDU Pants (or EMS pants) 2-3pair, T-shirts/BDU top, Eye Pro (glasses/goggles), Ear Protection


Camelback or similar hydration systems; Gloves, Knee/Elbow Pads; Flash light/Head Lamp (preferably with red lens option)


Any current issued medical Equipment/Gear (Lg. Med bags, kits etc for interactive session)  


SWAT style ballistic (heavy) vest or load –bearing vest; functional gas mask! Students will need to bring a large trash bag for clothes that have become contaminated during CS Gas exposure. 


Be prepared for foul weather. (Reliable rain gear,) The class will continue regardless of the weather conditions. Be sure, watch the weather forecast, and pack/plan accordingly. 


Good running shoes and PT gear for those highly motivated individuals who attend this course!






Payment Instructions/Host Hotel Information:

The fee for the course is $800.00


All fees are due by August 26th, 2019. There will be no refunds for cancellations after that date.


Registration must be done on-line at http://www.ttpoa.org/ (Training Calendar)


Credit Card payment is strongly recommended. If payment MUST be paid by check please contact      Kelley Pirkle at pirkle.ttpoa@gmail.com for further instructions.


Training will be at the Lubbock Police Department Training Facility

11602 West 19th Street Lubbock Texas.

(2.6 miles west of Research Blvd on Hwy 114)



Please note – no rooms have been blocked off and prices are subject to change.

Please contact your desired hotel to confirm reservations and pricing.



Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lubbock West

6023 45th St. Lubbock, TX


Quality Inn & Suites Lubbock

3430 W Loop 289 Lubbock, TX


Baymont Inn & Suites Lubbock

6015 45th St. Lubbock, TX


Home 2 Suites

6004 Marsh Sharp Freeway Lubbock, TX


Hilton Garden Inn

6027 45th St. Lubbock, TX




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