Life saving medical skills taught by an industry leader.



This introductory course has been designed and intended for any individual with no to little basic medical knowledge and skills to treat wounds that are common in defensive encounters and other emergency situations. Through both Lecture and scenario based training, students will gain the confidence to be able to react to, assess, and treat a variety of injuries.

This class will count as 8 hours of Continuing Education Units for medical professionals.

What You Will Learn

· Physiological Response to Combat & Stress

· Basic Anatomy and Location of Major Arteries

· Identifying and Treating the Different Types of Bleeding

· Litter, Drags and Carries

· SCAB and Treating Compromised Airway

· Treating Gun Shot and Knife Wounds

· Hemostatic Agents and Wound packing

· Constructing your Personal IFAK

Upon completion of the course participants will:

• Understand the rationale for immediate steps for hemorrhage control (including external hemorrhage control, direct pressure and wound packing, early use of tourniquet for severe hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage control by rapid evacuation, and transportation to major hospital/trauma center.

• Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.

• Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.

• Describe appropriate airway control techniques and devices.

• Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze).

• Recognize the tactically relevant indicators of shock.

Skills Stations:

1. Hemorrhage Control:

a. Apply Tourniquet

b. Apply Direct Pressure

c. Apply Pressure Dressing

d. Apply Wound Packing

e. Apply Hemostatic Agent

2. Airway:

a. Apply Manual Maneuvers (chin lift, jaw thrust, recovery position)

b. Insert Nasal pharyngeal airway

3. Breathing:

a. Application of effective occlusive chest seal

b. Apply Occlusive Dressing

c. Application of Improvised Occlusive chest seal

4. Prepare Casualty for Evacuation:

a. Move Casualty (drags, carries, lifts)

b. Secure casualty to litter

5. Scenarios:

a. To be determined upon course location & available assets

Course Itinerary

Morning Session (0800 – 1200)

· Welcome and Introductions

· Course Safety

· Physiological Response to Combat & Stress

· Basic Anatomy and Location of Major Arteries

· Identifying and Treating the Different Types of Bleeding

· Tourniquet Practical

· Drags and Carries Practical

· Airway Control

· Hemostatic Agents and Wound packing

Lunch 60 minutes (1200 -1300)

Afternoon Session (1300 – 1700)

· Scenario Stations

· IFAK Construction

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Chris “VAL” Valenzuela is the founder of and current Lead instructor of Spent Brass Training Solutions, LLC.

Chris is currently a NAEMT Affiliate Faculty member, Course coordinator and Instructor for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technician’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care series of programs in California.

As a former High Threat Security Contractor for an exceedingly reputable Private Security Company in Iraq, he has provided Close Protection (CP) as a Personal Security Detail (PSD) member, and team medic.

Chris was the Lead Tactics and Weapons instructor to not only other PSD teammates and teams, but to Expats and Third Country Nationals of the host country’s nation as well.

A combat veteran with the U.S. Army Infantry (1st AD & 3rd ID), Chris served 5 and half years with multiple combat and NATO tours to include Macedonia, Kosovo and Iraq.

Chris also has time spent as a civilian military weapons and tactics instructor for Federal, State, Local and Private entities. Chris Holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Security and Management from the University of Phoenix.

Chris’s Medical certifications include:

· Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

· Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

· International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

· US Army Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)

· NAEMT Affiliate Faculty – Tactical Combat Casualty Care

· NAEMT TCCC/TECC – Instructor

· Combat Life Saver (CLS)

· National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Chris’s other certifications include:

· National Rifle Association (NRA) Law Enforcement Handgun & Shotgun

· Department of State Basic Field Firearms Officers Course (BFFOC)

· United States Navy Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor (SAMI)

· Suarez Combat Arms Instructor School

· Department of State for World Wide Personal Protective Services II (WWPPS)

*Current Staff Instructor ( Medical) for Suarez International Inc

*Current Staff Instructor ( Medical) for ZERT

*Current Contracted Instructor ( Medical) for Phokus Research Group