Memorable. That's how Captain Monique Rose describes her experience
at a tactical training course she attended earlier this fall.
Among the highlights of the paramedic's experience was visiting an
FBI training center, learning about emergency dental medicine and veterinary
medicine for K-9 officers—and being exposed to tear gas.
"It was a great experience," said Rose, "even the part about
the tear gas. I will certainly remember that!"
The Basic Tactical Operational Medical Support Course is designed to train
medics like Rose in how to provide medical support to police, paramilitary,
or military personnel during active tactical operations and trainings.
The course was held September 14-20 in Houston, Texas. It was presented
by the Cypress Creek Tactical Medic Team in partnership with the Strategic
Skills Training Institute, and was sponsored by the Baylor College of
Medicine, Emergency Medicine Division of EMS & Disaster Medicine,
and the Waller County Sheriff's Office SWAT team.
In all, Rose received 81 hours of instruction in a wide range of topics
such as tactical assessment/movements, threat stress management, operator
wellness, administrative concerns, extended operations, expanded scope
of practice, remote assessment, asset and resource management, emergency
dental medicine, veterinary medicine for LE K9/handler down rescue, K9
control techniques, mass casualty incidents and officer/operator rescues.
Additionally, Rose said the group took part in an active shooter drill
at a nearby FBI training center that very realistic.
"It was total immersion," said Rose of the intensive six-day
training, noting that she now feels equipped to take HGH EMS Rescue's
Tactical Emergency Medical Services team to its next level.
"Our goal is to continue to develop our TEMS team so we can ensure
the health and wellness of our local law enforcement officers during their
average, routine day, or during a high-stress field operation."
Rose added, "The knowledge and skills I gained at Cypress Creek will
certainly help us do that."
Rose has worked with HGH EMS Rescue for five years. She heads the agency's
Special Operations Division, which includes the Tactical Emergency Medical