Awareness Bulletin

On July 16, 2015—24 year old Mohammad Abdulazeez opened fire with a high powered assault rifle on a military recruiting station in Chattanooga, TN. The suspect fired between 30—45 rounds at the building be-fore fleeing as police responded.

The suspect then traveled 7 miles down the road to a nearby US Navy / Marine Reserve Center, opening fire and killing 5 service members before being shot and killed by responding law enforcement.

This is not the first time a military recruitment station has been targeted within the US. In 2009 a service member was killed in Little Rock, Arkansas at a recruitment station and in 2012 Yonathan Melaku shot at sev-eral military installations across the region including the Pentagon .

The shooter had two long guns in his possession as well as a handgun, the multiple weapons indicates the shooter was prepared for a gunfight with his targets and first responders.

Summary
  • As indicated in prior bulletins the military recently raised their security level to FPCON Bravo, indicating an in-creased probability for terrorist attacks.
  • Military recruitment stations are a soft target for a shooter to attack military personnel. The service members are often unarmed, and there is no security between the recruiter and the outside world.
  • Practice and become familiar with TECC equipment and concepts prior to attacks, you will fall back on your training during a time of crisis.
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Revered trauma physician Dr. Norman McSwain dies at 78

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Norm McSwain. He was a pioneer in the field of EMS and prehospital medicine. His legacy will not be lost.

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New white paper on the need for all Law Enforcement officers to be trained in TECC

The Interagency Board has recently released a white paper on the need for all Law Enforcement officers to be trained in TECC. Read it here.

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C-TECC is proud to finally join the 21st Century!!

Fantastic Committee meeting last week in Chicago!

It was nice of the Blackhawks to win the cup while we were in town so we could join in the celebration!! Thanks to all who attended. Meeting notes and updates will be posted soon.

Stress-Related Mental Health Issues in Emergency Responders

The Federal InterAgency Board's white paper, "Stress-Related Mental Health Issues in Emergency Responders, First Receivers, Disaster Workers, and Their Families" has been added to the resources page on the C-TECC website. We appreciate the work on this topic by the IAB and look forward to collaborating as we try to mitigate the psychological threat to first responders during high threat operations.

DHS First Responder Guidance Released

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Transportation, has released “First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents.” 

Draft Agenda for the Spring/Summer 2015 Full Committee Meeting

The Draft Agenda for the Spring/Summer 2015 Full Committee Meeting has been released. One important update to emphasize: due to facility request, we will not be starting the meeting until 0900 instead of the earlier posted 0830.

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C-TECC Spring 2015 Meeting

The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) will be conducting its spring 2015 meeting in Chicago from June 15-16, 2015.

The spring meeting will be held in the Feinberg Pavilion at Northwest Memorial Hospital (251 E. Huron St, Chicago), from 8:30am until 5pm on Monday, June 15th and from 8:30am until 2pm on Tuesday, June 16th. A specific agenda will be provided to attendees shortly before the meeting date. Most out-of-town committee members will be lodging at the Willows Hotel (www.willowshotelchicago.com). This hotel is about 20 minutes from downtown, where the meeting will be held.

The Committee requests that anyone planning to attend notify Dr. Reed Smith (C-TECC Co-Chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GW School of Medicine awarded $1.3 Million Continuing Training Grant from FEMA

C-TECC is happy to announce that the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been awarded a $1.3 million Continuing Training Grant (CTG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to teach Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and escorted warm zone care to first care providers and first responders across the United States. The over-arching goal of GW’s training is to better prepare citizens and responders to provide care during events where there may be a delay in response due to operational challenges and barriers, and teach responders to work in environments that they have not traditionally worked in the past.

This is the second year in a row that TECC has been a feature of the CTG award. Last year's CTG awarded to the ALERRT training program from Texas State University included TECC training for patrol officers. In this year's award, TECC is a prominent focus of the training and is another milestone as the Committee works to solidify TECC as the civilian standard for high threat medical response.

For more information on this year's award, contact C-TECC Executive Committee member Geoff Shapiro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or read more on the grant at http://smhs.gwu.edu/news/gw-awarded-13-million-train-first-responders-medical-readiness-and-immediate-victim-care-during