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Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Date: 4/8/2013-4/10/2013
TTPOA Member Tuition: $300.00
Non-TTPOA Member Tuition: $350.00
Location: Houston, Region 2 Instructor(s): John Holcombe,MD
Contact Info: Marco Lopez, 713-725-8471
Course Details:

The TTPOA  is proud to announce a three day Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC) in conjunction with the Houston Police Department SWAT team  which will conclude with a large scale exercise allowing for course members to apply TCCC protocols and skills.

Lead Instructor:

John Holcombe, MD
Dr. Holcomb received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1985. Dr. Holcomb entered the U.S. Army in 1985, where he completed his general surgery internship in 1986 at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He served as Commander and General Medical Officer of the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Sinop, Turkey, followed by completion of his general surgery residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in 1991. In 1997, Dr. Holcomb became the Chief of the Military Trauma Research Branch of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Surgical Faculty at the Brooke Army Medical Center, where he established a new Hemostasis research program. In 1999, Dr. Holcomb joined the surgical faculty of the Ben Taub General Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, and became the Director of the Joint Trauma Training Center. In 2001, he joined the University of Texas at Houston as a Surgical Critical Care Fellow and served as the Trauma Advisor to the USSOCOM. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Holcomb served as both Commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Trauma Consultant for the Army Surgeon General, where he led the only Surgical Research Laboratory in the Department of Defense. He was awarded the Honorary Medal for Combat Surgical Care in 2004 and the Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award for Leadership Excellence in 2005.In 2008, Dr. Holcomb joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as Professor of Surgery and Head of the Division of Acute Care Surgery. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association, the United States Special Operations Command Medal, and the Service award from the American College of Surgery, Committee on Trauma for outstanding scientific contributions to the surgery of trauma and dedication to the care of wounded warriors.

Course Summary: The curriculum is designed to challenge the tactical medical provider in sharpening their skills medically while incorporating tactics likely to be encountered in real life scenarios. The curriculum will focus on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) which has been tried and proven by the United States Military  in OIF/OEF with demonstrated  improvements in case fatality rates.  The student will be instructed in the principles of TCCC and demonstrate these skills in a wide variety of tactical situations.  Additional non-certifiable training will be provided in Fast Rope, Rappelling, and Tactical Climbing.  

Students will be required to demonstrate the skills the medical skills learned in TCCC curriculum while utilizing the various operational tactics to gain access to their patient.
Class will start at 0800 hrs on Monday, April 08, 2013 at the Houston Police Department Police Academy Located at 17000 AldineWestfield Houston,Texas.

Course Topics:


  • Principles of TCCC
  • Patient Evaluation in Care Under Fire
  • Bleeding Control Techniques/CAT Tourniquet
  • Tactical Field Care
  • Combat Gauze Application
  • Emergency Surgical Airway
  • Needle Decompression
  • Ruggedized Field IV and Resuscitation
  • Combat Ready Clamp
  • Intraosseous Infusion
  • Casualty Drags and Caries
  • Nasopharyngeal Airway
  • Evacuation Care



All students must be an active member of a Tactical Team and provide a letter from their respective police agency’s Chief, Lt, or Sgt demonstrating their active participation in tactical medicine.  Students will be asked to show proof of credentials on the first day of the course.



Required Equipment

Required Equipment:

  • All common tactical equipment
  • Gas Mask
  • Ballistic Vest
  • Medical Pack (standard medical equipment utilized by your agency)
  • Eye and Ear Protection
  • Needle Thoracostomy Equipment
  • Surgical Airway Supplies
  • Combat Gauze
  • CAT Tourniquet


(Note: Some medical equipment will be provided)

Payment Instructions/Host Hotel Information:
The fee for the course is $300 for TTPOA members and $350 for non-members. Registration must be done on-line at http://www.ttpoa.org/ (Training Calendar). Payment should be made to TTPOA. Credit card payment is strongly recommended. Payments (checks) should be mailed to Marco Lopez.,7077 Perimeter Park DR, Houston, Texas 77041.  Inquiries regarding the course, payment or other questions can be directed to Marco Lopez, Marco.Lopez@ttpoa.org.  All fees are due by March 25,2013. There will be no refunds for cancellations after that date.


Hyatt North Houston
425 North Sam Houston Parkway East
Houston, Texas, USA77060


further information contact Susan at tzspecialevents@yahoo.com

Howard Johnson Houston

2221 Greens Rd
Houston, TX 77032
(281) 443-9922

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Class will start at 0800 hrs on Monday, April 08, 2013 at the Houston Police Department Police Academy Located at 17000 AldineWestfield Houston,Texas.



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