Rescue Task Force
Number: 741
MemberFee: No Fee for Member Agencies
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

Rescue Task Force focuses on the collective actions of first responders to reduce preventable deaths in active threat incidents. This course will introduce and train law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS providers in the concepts and tactics needed during the joint response rescue phase of these types of incidents.

Topics include:

Bleeding Control
• The student shall understand the indications for tourniquet application and display proficiency in appropriate application of a commercial tourniquet.
• The student shall display proficiency in addressing life-threatening hemorrhage with bandaging and wound packing techniques when a tourniquet is unavailable or cannot be applied to the injured area.
• The student shall understand the mechanism of action related to utilization of hemostatic agents.

Chest Injuries
• The student shall have a simplified understanding of blunt and penetrating trauma.
• The student shall be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a developing or present tension pneumothorax.
• The student will be able to identify items that can be used to occlude/seal a penetrating chest injury.
• Advanced practice students shall display proficiency in performing needle thoracotomy.

• The student shall understand the importance of performing triage with an emphasis on speed and efficiency when operating in a warm zone.
• The student shall understand the function of a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) and identify situations in which it may be necessary to establish a CCP.
• The student shall display proficiency in deploying Modified S.T.A.R.T. & Jump S.T.A.R.T. triage assessments.
• Given a minimum of 10 simulated patients, the student shall be able to appropriately classify their acuity with 75% accuracy.

• The student shall gain knowledge on key/critical roles within the command structure.
• The student will have a basic understanding of the responsibilities of each member within the medical M.C.I. command structure.
• The student shall gain knowledge on available local and regional medical resources.
• The student shall understand the purpose of Unified Command, and the critical need for this command structure related to Rescue Task Force deployment.

Course Objectives for Law Enforcement:

Train first responders to function as a Rescue Task Force member:
• Officers will learn how to move as a group while providing safety for the group as well as life-saving tasks such as wound care to operate as a team member in a group whose primary function is to save lives.
• Officers will show their skill level at the beginning to set a baseline for level for evaluation. They will then have new skills added to their baseline and practiced throughout the training. Instructors will see improvement of the officers as they go through scenarios to show the new skillsets and their competency. The instructors will tweak and modify the officers until they preform satisfactorily.

Understand the role and responsibilities of first responders to an Active Threat Incident:
• The officers will learn the multiple roles and tasks they will be faced with during an active threat incident. The officers will learn to transition from contact team to clearing team to rescue team to rescue task force team.
• The officers will then learn some secondary command functions such as floor boss to keep the scene moving forward efficiently with the influx of personnel.

Understand Rescue Task Force Operational Concept:
• The officers will understand the concept of the RTF and know their specific function is to save lives and to provide security for the Fire/EMT/Paramedic members of their team.

Understand and embrace the concept of Tactical Emergency Treatment:
• Officers will be reinforcing the training of stopping the wounded from bleeding, providing assistance to establish an airway, and dealing with sucking chest wounds.
• The officers will learn how to establish a patient collection point and start triage.

Recognize and identify Tactical Zones of Operations (Cold, Warm, Hot).

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