| Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/17/2015
Public Information Officer
Leon County Launches Tactical Medic Program
Leon County Paramedics Train with Sheriff’s Office to Save Lives
After months of intense training and field exercises, a team of Leon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics can now work alongside Leon County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team during an active and dangerous situation. Leon County Government began developing the Tactical Medic Program (TMP) in October 2014, and in just a few months, staff took the program from concept to reality.
“For the Board, we all understand the necessary and critical nature of public safety,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Mary Ann Lindley. “By further aligning resources and expertise, we are able to meet the needs we hope our community will never call on us for.”
The Tactical Medic Program begins after six months of intensive training, including basic SWAT operator training and completion of the rigorous Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TECC) course. TECC training utilizes evidence-based best practice recommendations for casualty management during high-threat civilian tactical and rescue operations, and is based on military principles and experience. Additionally, TMP members train and function as an integrated component of the Sheriff's Office SWAT. Not only is the training difficult, but now the team of Leon County paramedics will be on call every hour of every day.
“In Leon County, our Emergency Medical Services has made it a priority to exceed state and national benchmarks,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “To put our paramedics alongside equally high-performing SWAT team members, we will better serve citizens when they call for help.”
Recent national active shooter incidents have shown that the role of first responders should be realigned to better care for the public. Currently, the response standard is to station EMS nearby until the location is secured. But with TMP training, Leon County EMS can now enter ‘hot zones’ and immediately work to stabilize patients and reduce fatalities. In these situations, seconds matter. TMP will get experts to those in need as soon as possible, as well as provide medical support to the Sheriff's Office SWAT.
“For the Sheriff’s Office, the opportunity to collaborate with Leon County EMS is critical,” said Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood. “Our Deputy Sheriffs put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community, and it means a lot to have the medical expertise and knowledge of the Tactical Medics during a dangerous situation.”
Leon County EMS is an award-winning, full-service emergency medical service transport provider in Leon County. Leon County’s EMS has reached the highest standards for an ambulance service and ranks among the best performers in the industry. EMS has been recently re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which sets national standards. Chief Tom Quillin leads Leon County EMS and in 2011 was named the National EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.
For more information, contact Capt. Sally Davis, Public Education Coordinator, Leon County Emergency Medical Services, at (850) 606-2100 / DavisSal@LeonCountyFL.gov or Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .