Organized jointly by the Hunterdon County and Warren County Prosecutor's Offices, the course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) guidelines that can be used at the point of injury (POI) to increase survivability of victims. The course also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active shooter event through the rescue task force concept using the Active Shooter Incident Management Checklist
Lt. Kevin Burd, Commander of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office SWAT Team, and William Eppell, Chief of Staff for Warren County's Prosecutor's Office were joined by 15 volunteer instructors who spent the 3 days leading responders through lectures, table top exercises, skill stations and drills. The three days ended with 4 final full scale exercises, each scenario including unique challenges for the students to overcome. A dozen volunteer "victims" helped to bring realism to the scenarios, with "fake injuries" attached to their limbs, and using some of their acting skills from past lives it seemed.
The course was held at the former Merck Child Learning Center in Readington Township, that was graciously made available for this program. The Whitehouse Rescue Squad provided ambulances for the final exercises, Warren County Communications provided an on scene communications vehicle, and our department provided our Staging Trailer and REHAB units to assist with the delivery.
We would like to thank the instructors from all across New Jersey who took the time to prepare our team for an event we hope will never occur here in Hunterdon County. They helped us be better able to respond by spreading their knowledge with our responders, as did several subject matter experts from the NCBRT/LSU program that joined us for parts of the the program.
This was the first delivery of it's kind in the Country. While most of the ATIRC programs are delivered as "direct delivery" by LSU staff, this program was the first to allow a customized program for local delivery by trained instructors, a model that the NJ Office of Homeland Security hopes to continue. Representatives from NJ OHSP were on hand supporting the delivery throughout the week.
Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad
Hunterdon County SWAT
Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad
Milford Holland Rescue Squad
Pattenburg Rescue Squad
Quakertown Fire Company/EMS
Whitehouse First Aid & Rescue Squad
Raritan Township Police
Holland Township Police
Hunterdon County Sheriffs Office
Tewksburty Township Police