Tactical Medics - CCATT TEAM
Given the extremely hazardous nature of tactical law enforcement operations, and the remote locations in which they often take place, more and more law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels are adding specially trained medical contingents to their tactical teams. They recognize what leaders since Napoleon have known: access to highly skilled, on-the-scene medical assessment, care and treatment can make a life or death difference to the outcome of a mission.
Critical experience gained during recent standoff and hostage situations involving domestic terrorism and the use of military type weapons confirms the demand for delivery of emergency medical care on the home battlefront. The fact that EMS assistance was often far removed from the scene in these situations introduced an even greater level of risk and danger for law enforcement personnel.
Tactical Law Enforcement Units are composed of highly trained officers who are capable of assuming dangerous, tactical assignments with a high degree of proficiency and expertise. These units are organized for crisis intervention and rescue with negotiation and assault capabilities. Their goal is to accomplish assignments without injury or loss of life. In support of these operations, Tactical Emergency Medical Services personnel take over the responsibilities of rendering emergency medical care under fire.
THE CYPRESS CREEK ADVANCED TACTICAL TEAM - - or CCATT - - is made up of tactically trained law enforcement officer / paramedics who have undergone extensive training in tactical operational medical support. Team members have also undergone training in basic / advanced tactic’s, tactical waterborne operations, high-rise rescue and narcotics enforcement operations, just to name a few. This additional training prepares the team members to function within the inner perimeter to support tactical law enforcement operations.
CCATT members train with tactical teams on a regular basis to gain a working knowledge of the team, its tools and tactics – including mission objectives, weapons, pyrotechnics and other devices likely to be deployed, as well as communication policies and standard operating procedures. The CCATT Team is not a SWAT Team. Their primary mission is medical support for the tactical law enforcement operation. The tactical law enforcement training each member receives enables them to operate efficiently and safely within the inner perimeter during a crisis.
CCATT’s objectives are direct and straightforward; be prepared to provide immediate tactical medical support for law enforcement agencies upon request to 1. Enhance mission accomplishment and, 2. To reduce the risk of death, injury and illness among officers, innocent bystanders and perpetrators.
CCATT has taken their dedication one step further. Since 2000, Cypress Creek EMS has initiated their international training program: The TACTICAL OPERATIONAL MEDICAL SUPPORT COURSE is a 76-hour, nationally accredited, field intense training program. This training program is offered twice each year, with an advanced course offered once each year for graduates of the basic course.
I highly recommend the Cypress Creek Tactical Operational Medical Support Course to all Medic/Operators in Federal law Enforcement. I have attended several commercially available TEMS schools, and Cypress Creek is far and away the best.
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