Meet our new Executive Director

Sarah Kessler is an experienced program manager specializing in crisis  and emergency management programs.  She has managed numerous projects and programs around the globe and locally in the National Capital Region. Mrs. Kessler is a skilled trainer, and exercise expert, having planned dozens of crisis management exercises from Lagos, Nigeria to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Mrs. Kessler was essential in developing and conducting crisis and emergency management trainings including Until Help Arrives and Personnel Recovery Management Training. 

She currently serves as a Deputy Coordinator with Arlington County, and manages the ongoing readiness and exercise training program of County-wide emergency services personnel and will develop, coordinate, plan and evaluate effective training programs and drills in conjunction with neighboring jurisdictions, ensuring effective communication and response between neighboring jurisdictions and County agencies in an emergency situation. Sarah also currently volunteers her time as the Executive Director of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). She is charged with providing leadership and management of the Committee to include future planning, fundraising, and communications.

Previously she served as an Associate with The Olson Group Ltd. and supported various exercises and planning initiatives in the National Capital Region. Drawing from her tenure at the Department of State’s Bureaus of Diplomatic Security and Consular Affairs, the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, and other private sector organizations, Mrs. Kessler brings a wide range of experience in crisis management and response, public-private partnerships, and strategic planning. 

At the Department of State, she led the outreach and engagement efforts to manage public-private partnerships on a global scale, helping private sector organizations overseas respond to crises by providing crisis management training and ensuring the continued flow of information and open communication.  Mrs. Kessler served on several U.S. government Task Forces, to include Libya, Egypt, Japan, and New Zealand.

May 2018 C-TECC Meeting Agenda & Presentations

C-TECC Annual Meeting for 2018

Charlotte Westin Conference Room Providence 3

Monday, May 14, 2018

0730-0800   Sign-in

0800-0820   Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions

0820-0840   Board of Directors update

0840-0900   Best Practice: Virginia Hospital Center, Abby Wintrow, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN Virginia Hospital Center, Clinical Manager

0900-1000   Updates on TECC-related Programs

1000-1015     Break

1015-1045     Updates on TECC-related Grants

1045-1145    TECC related research

1145-1300     Lunch Break 

1300-1330  The Tactical Medic’s Approach to the Poisoned & Traumatically Injured Casualty, Devin DeFeo 18D, FP-C, NREMT-P

1330-1400     Hypocalcemia and the Lethal Triad, SGT Ditzel Ricky M Jr CCP-C, FP-C, TP-C, SO-ATP

1400-1430   Update on Freeze Dried plasma - Discussion only

1430-1445      Break

1445-1545   International TECC programs, Mark Anderson

1545-1645   Working Group Updates

1645-1730   Open Guidelines discussion

1730              Adjourn


A quick update on our upcoming full Committee meeting at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific. Once again, the meeting is scheduled for Monday May 14th from 0800 - 1700 located in Providence Ballroom 3 on the first floor of the Westin Hotel next to the Charlotte Conference Center.

We are working on a social event for Monday night so don’t make any plans yet!

Here is the draft agenda for the meeting so far (no times assigned yet):

-          Board of Directors update

-          Executive Director position

-          International: Australian Tactical Medicine Association

-          Improving Survivability: Analysis of Pulse Autopsies

-          Best Practice: TECC for First Receivers, Virginia Hospital Center

-          NTOA RTF course update

-          Arlington County CCTA grant first responders resource library

-          NFPA 3000 update

-          CBRNE discussion (McKay)

-          Civilian Freeze Dried Plasma

-          Hypocalcemia and the lethal triad

-          Open Guidelines Discussion

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

A Tactical Medicine After-action Report of the San Bernardino Terrorist Incident

Kudos to Dr. Josh Bobko, one of our plank holder members of the Guidelines Committee. He is the lead author on a great article detailing the shooting in San Bernardino and lessons learned.

Full Article (Click here)

Upcoming Full Committee Meeting at SOMSA

We are finalizing logistics for the upcoming full Committee meeting at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly in Charlotte, NC. The date of our meeting is Monday May 14th from 0800 - 1700 located in Providence Ballroom 3 on the first floor of the Westin Hotel next to the Charlotte Conference Center.

As always, we appreciate the support of SOMSA for hosting our meeting. Don't forget to book your hotel room either - these will fill up quickly.

SOMSA Hotel Link (Click here)

Update: C-TECC Annual Meeting Information

The Fall C-TECC meeting will hosted by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department and be held in Rancho Cucamonga this December 4th full day and December 5th half day. The preferred airport to use is Ontario international airport (ONT) as it is both 10-15 minutes from the meeting and hotel. If you must use another airport plan on LAX being about 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on traffic and Burbank being 1 to 1.5 hours depending on traffic as well. 

We have secured a group discount at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Ontario/ Rancho Cucamonga. It is 1 mile from the meeting location. Please reserve your room under the C-TECC block at $95 per night plus 12% tax. 

11960 E Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 201-6100

The meeting will be held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural center in Rancho Cucamonga. 
12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Be The Help

The CTECC Board of Directors is pleased to release the new "Be The Help" public information flier for citizen First Care Providers. It is intended to further CTECC's commitment to the initial link in the chain of survival by empowering citizens to act to address the known preventable causes of death in the immediate aftermath of trauma and mass casualty. This flier also supports and builds on the collaborative message of the FEMA You Are The Help and the White House Stop The Bleed campaigns.

Please post this flier and distribute this flier widely! We need to empower our communities and empower our citizens to help to save lives. Together, by building a care system that reaches across the entire community, we can improve survival!

Download Here
CTECC FCP Bystander Flyer copy

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendar to join us in beautiful Rancho Cucamonga, CA for the 2017 Annual meeting scheduled for December 4th (all day) and 5th (1/2 day). As with all C-TECC meetings, this session will be open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. We want as much input and involvement from our end users as possible.

More meeting details and logistics will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Agenda for Spring/Summer Full Committee Meeting

Charlotte Convention Center room 212 AB 

Monday, May 22, 2017

0730-0800   Sign-in

0800-0820   Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions

0820-0840   Key Note: Division Chief Paula McDaniel, Charlotte Fire Department

0840-0920   Board of Directors update

0920-0940   Case Review #1: Townville, SC elementary school shooting

0940-0950   Break

0950-1010   Case Review #2: Westminster Terror attack

1010-1040   BCC-TCP discussion

1040-1110   ASTM Tourniquet standard discussion

1110-1130   International TECC programs

1130-1200   California First Care Provider update

1200-1300   Lunch

1300-1400   Working Group Updates

1400-1415   Public Comment

1415-1430   Break

1430-1700   Open Guidelines discussion

1700            Adjourn

1800 – 2000 Social at Fahrenheit Restaurant (222 S. Caldwell Street)

Spring/Summer Full Committee Meeting

The Spring/Summer full committee of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care will be held in room 212 AB at the Charlotte Convention Center. Sign-in will begin at 0745 and the meeting will go from 0800 until 1700. We look forward to seeing you all there.