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Tactical First Aid

Lifesaving skills for high risk work

Imagine: What if you, your partner or the person in your duty of care has a gunshot or stab wound? What if they were overdosing on opioids from an accidental exposure? Would you be able to recognize what was going on? Would you know what to do until medical professionals arrive?


Enforcement and security professionals are often grossly under prepared to handle these situations and are in a high likelihood of being exposed to them. Knowing a few critical skills could give the victim several extra minutes to save their life until EMS arrives.


Massive bleeds and opioid overdoses

are the two most likely and most deadly medical circumstances that a

security or enforcement professional will encounter on the job.

This is particularly the case if the staff member works alone, in high-risk areas, or in a hospital or medical environment. Stabbings happen daily in our cities and are increasing in frequency. There is also an opioid crisis in Canada and everyone is affected - not just those on the street (learn more here).


Tactical First Aid is a certificate course taught by the Canadian College of Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) in partnership with Tip of Spear. This one-day program includes two half-day (3.5 hour) courses: Stop the Bleed and Narcan Administration. This program covers two main areas of both didactic and practical content. It is intended to increase awareness, prevention, mitigation, and primary first aid care when it may occur. It is not intended to replace professional medical care. The course includes student manuals, and a no-fail knowledge check, and a certificate which is valid for 2 years.