Get Formal Training to Learn Improvisation
It’s not easy to tell someone how to improvise ahead of time, for the same reason that it’s hard to predict the future. But formal training will give you a good foundation of skills to build on and make it easier to recognize improvisational opportunities when you find them.
Here are some companies Eric recommends that teach patient/ casualty movement as part of their courses.
Lone Star Medics
Medicine X Course
This two-day “ambush medicine” course focuses on providing casualty care while being fired upon and includes coverage of rescue rigging and rapid trauma assessments.
Special Operations Aid & Rescue (SOAR)
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Course
Based on national TECC committee guidelines and endorsed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), this two-day course teaches students how to treat casualties in wounded environments, but also includes treatment of pediatric patients and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety.
Combatant Casualty Care
An advanced four-day course that includes coverage of patient drags using both improvised and commercial litters and rigging, it also teaches more advanced medical treatment techniques which can be incorporated to treat casualties in place prior to evacuation.
If you can’t make it to one of these in-person classes, check out these two online resources that provide expert-approved guidance for civilians in active shooter situations.
This reference guide, produced with input from the Committee on Tactical Emergency Combat Care (CTECC), includes a helpful interactive video to teach kids in addition to more advanced discussion for adult civilians.
Developed by Texas State University, this 12-minute video eschews the common “hiding” advice regarding active shooters. It also expands beyond the common office or school shooting environments to include reasonable (and possibly life-saving) response techniques for open retail store environments, churches, movie theaters, and more.