Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
Let me start this article off by saying if you are not carrying at least a tourniquet (ON YOUR PERSON), while you are on duty, then you have failed! You have failed yourself, your partners, your family, your department, and your community. I fully confess my faults by admitting that I have only started to carry a tourniquet (SOF-T) while on duty in the last two years of my 18 year career. I’m ashamed of my ignorance. Thankfully I was introduced to modern TCCC, Tactical Combat Casualty Care about 3 years ago, and have been praising its concepts ever since.
You must understand that TCCC does NOT override Active Shooter Response training. Officers should still move to the threat, isolate the threat, and if required kill the active threat. Only after the threat has been isolated or eliminated, should TCCC efforts begin. That includes fallen officers. It does the situation no good if officers are stopping to treat the injured (officers included) when the active threat is still able to move and cause more casualties. However, if all officers are trained in TCCC, then a fallen officer can “self treat” themselves until more assistance can arrive once the threat has been stopped.