Basic TacMed

Law Enforcement & Military Training Course


Basic Tactical Medicine (TacMed) is the first in the series of 88 Tactical’s trauma courses developed for Law Enforcement and Military (LE/MIL) personnel. It contains the medical module only. There is no live-fire training. Students will gain knowledge and skills necessary to decrease preventable loss of one’s own life (self-aid) or the life of another (buddy aid), while in an active threat environment.

The TacMed course curriculum is based on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) core concepts. TECC is the civilian version of the military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) – TECC was developed to bring combat level of care to civilian first responders.

All 88 Tactical training courses are built on the core concept of Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning© (RBBC). RBBC was developed from this maxim: “the study of behavior is as important as the study of tactics.” 88 Tactical courses condition an appropriate crisis response that maximizes performance while working with, instead of against, a person’s survival-oriented instincts and intuitions.

Basic TacMed is a 6-hour course covering trauma topics designed to decrease preventable death in high-threat situations. It fills the gap between military combat first-aid and civilian Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Topics include: managing trauma, hemorrhage (bleeding) control, wound dressing, and airway control while in hazardous or high-threat environments. Students will receive instruction and demonstration on each course topic and then be expected to perform the task under varying levels of stress. This course is physically and mentally challenging.


At the end of this 6-hour course, students will be expected to:

  • Explain first aid work priorities in a high-threat environment
  • Demonstrate the following self-aid and buddy-aid techniques:
    • Proper hemorrhage control
    • Proper airway control
    • Techniques for wound dressing
    • Techniques to prevent shock
Equipment Requirements
  • Old clothes are recommended because of exposure to simulated blood
  • Snacks and a drink are recommended
Eligibility Requirements

Current law enforcement or military credentials.

If your agency is interested in hosting a class, please contact Aaron Guzman at (507) 884-5193 or Ask how your agency could receive a free slot

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