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To some degree yes, this is a two-week comprehensive Tactical Medicine School that is designed to be completed during that time frame. We have a very limited number of (Module A only seats). We do not recommend that you attend the first week and then return several months later to complete the training. After an absence, your training will become fragmented and diluted.
All classes start on a Monday morning 0800.
It is up to each individual student to obtain the grant funding to attend the school if you are eligible to do so. This is accomplished by contacting the training coordinator for your Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS agency. You will need to complete the necessary forms they will provide you. The school does not get involved in the process or act on your behalf.
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We have school handguns and we can provide you with a Glock 17 in 9mm with a Level II Serpa holster. Advance notice will need to be made for this service. There is no additional charge for the use of this equipment.
The International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM) is fully licensed by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Firearms Branch. ISTM has DOJ permits to possess, transport and use Machine Guns, Automatic Weapons, Assault Weapons, Short Barreled Rifles, Short Barreled Shot Guns, 50 BMG and Destructive Devices. The school has Colt M4 Carbines for you to use during your two-week school. There is no additional charge for the use of this equipment.
No, we provide all the necessary medical equipment and supplies to be able to participate in the training. We do however, recommend that you bring and use all equipment that you will deploy with in the field. This will give you an enhanced training experience.
Yes, there is no charge for the use of this equipment. We will provide you with a Glock 17 in 9mm with a Level II Serpa thigh holster and a Colt M4 Carbine for use during the two-week school.
Good question…. All of us at ISTM are wondering the same. In our two week tactical medicine school you may bring and use any and all weapons you are authorized by your agency to carry, posses and for deployment. This includes assault weapons, machine guns, suppressors, knives, handguns etc. In fact we encourage all students to bring all your weapons and gear so that you will have a more realistic training experience.
What would you think about a Police Academy that was 3 weeks long and concentrated on vehicle stops only? What would you think about a SWAT school that did not have any weapons training?
Tactical medics are not created with a 2-5 day course.  It requires a re-training of the thought process to operate within a tactical environment. It involves sight, sound, weapons, smoke, sweat, and eventually muscle memory. We want to develop good habits and we use reality based training to achieve this. Medics should not be learning all their medical skills at this school. They should be learning new ways of using their skills and their application and approach in the tactical environment. The faculty at ISTM can’t see how you can accomplish this in a 2-5 day program, can you?
Yes, you may bring any weapon system authorized by your agency for deployment.
We recommend that you be at least an EMT-B or higher EMT-P would be the best. The reason why is it may be difficult to handle the advanced medical portion of the school which include advanced airway management and trauma anesthesia.
No, the Module A and Module B courses are not mutually exclusive. What you learn on each day applies to the material and exercises you will perform on the next day. We use a building block approach in our program and to skip even the first several days of the two week program would render you at a severe disadvantage for the remainder of the training, and not to mention the safety issues that arise. We teach tactics and use live fire weapons training. The California Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not permit students to skip the entry level course to receive certification as a tactical medic.
Your certificate is valid for three years from the time of graduation. After that you will need to return for a sustainment and refresher course to maintain your skills and education.

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