September 27, 2013: IAFF Position Statement: Rescue Task Force
IAFF Position Statement: Rescue Task Force Training
Rescue Task Force
Rescue Task Force (RTF)1 initial and ongoing training for all EMS providers should include Tactical
Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) concepts and practical skills applications.
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
The TECC guidelines are the civilian counterpart to the US military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care
(TCCC) guidelines. The TECC guidelines take into account the specific needs of civilian EMS
providers serving civilian populations. The TCCC guidelines were developed for military personnel
who deploy in support of combat operations. These guidelines have proven extraordinarily
successful, and provide the foundations for TECC.
The specifics of casualty care in the tactical setting will depend on the tactical situation, the injuries
sustained by the casualty, the knowledge and skills of the first responder, and the medical
equipment at hand. TECC focuses primarily on the intrinsic tactical variables of penetrating trauma
compounded by prolonged evacuation times. The principle mandate of TECC is the critical
execution of the right interventions at the right time.
Indirect Threat Care is rendered once the casualty is no longer under fire (i.e. warm zone). Medical
equipment is limited to that carried into the field by RTF personnel typically including tourniquets,
large trauma dressings and adjunct airways.
1 See Active Shooter Policy