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October 8, 2002
Media Advisory: 'Medic Up' - Tactical paramedics and officers run 'The Gauntlet'
Emergency Medical Services - The International Tactical Emergency Medical
Services Association is holding its 2nd Annual 'Medic Up' Competition tomorrow
at Exhibition Place. This exciting event features two-person medical teams and
four-person tactical teams competing in four challenging, realistic tactical
medical events.

Tactical Emergency Medical Services involves paramedic, police and special
operations personnel who are specially trained and equipped to provide
emergency medical care to law enforcement tactical units and civilians in
high-risk situations like terrorist or criminal attacks.

'Medic Up' is the world's only tactical EMS-specific competition. Medical teams
from California, Florida, Virginia, the FBI's Connecticut branch, and two teams
of paramedics from Toronto EMS will test their tactical emergency medical
skills in four exciting events. Tactical teams from Halton Region, the Ontario
Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto Police
Services will provide security in the scenarios and assist the medical
providers as they move from 'casualty' to 'casualty'.

Date: Wednesday, October 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (approx.)
Place: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

The four events in the "Medic Up" competition are:

Event 1- Dynamic Entry
While participating in a simulated dynamic entry, competitors will be
confronted with two casualties. Tactical officers will address threats,
facilitate extraction of casualties and provide medical assistance. Tactical
medical providers will assess, triage, treat and extract the casualties.

Event 2- Victim Rescue Under Fire
After performing a remote assessment through binoculars, the tactical officers
and tactical medical providers will participate in a shield rescue of a
casualty. After coming under fire and seeking immediate cover, tactical
officers will address any threats and facilitate extraction of the casualty to
the outer perimeter of the incident. Tactical medical providers will assess,
treat and extract the casualty expediently.

Event 3- Extraordinary Deployment
While participating in an extraordinary deployment as members of a "rescue
team", competitors will encounter five casualties within one room. Tactical
officers will be expected to provide security for tactical medical providers,
address any threats and provide medical and extraction assistance when
possible. Tactical medical providers will be expected to assess, triage, treat
and extract the casualties.

Event 4- 'The Gauntlet'
This is a timed event that will feature seven casualty management stations
spaced 50 yards apart.

The stations are:
· bleeding control
· airway management
· ventilation
· shock management
· splinting
· spinal immobilization
· extraction.

Tactical officers running 'The Gauntlet' will be expected to provide security
for tactical medical providers, provide medical assistance when possible and
facilitate movement from casualty to casualty. Tactical medical providers will
be expected to perform the treatment specific to each casualty management
station and extract the final casualty 50 yards to the finish line.

'Medic Up' is part of the pre-conference program for the Tactical EMS 2002
Conference and Exposition, which is being held from October 9-12 at the Colony
Hotel in Toronto. There are 300 delegates expected to the attend the fourth
annual conference and exposition of the International Tactical EMS Association
(ITEMS). ITEMS is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of
tactical emergency medical services.

This year's conference also includes training programs and demonstrations by
top U.S. and Canadian tactical police, and paramedic personnel and military
special operations units on how to develop and maintain a tactical EMS program.

Conference presentations cover a wide range of topics, including how Toronto
Police Services and Toronto EMS are working together on the City of Toronto's
tactical EMS program, responding to terrorist events, police suicide
prevention, emotional survival tactics, chemical agent decontamination and
major event planning.

For more information, see:

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