Crisis Medicine trains private citizens, first responders including Law enforcement, Fire, and EMS from the Basic, Paramedic, and physician levels in the management of injured and wounded patients in high-risk environments. Using photographs of actual injuries, diagrams of wounds, and hands-on demonstrations, the material is presented in an easy to understand, directly applicable way. The first time you see massive hemorrhage should’t be when you’re being called on to give lifesaving medical care; after taking these courses you will have a solid background to identify immediately life-threatening injuries and save lives.
Our Students' Experience
I’ve sat through hundreds of hours of online training. Dr. Shertz’s course was totally different. He was engaging and authentic.
This is outstanding training. I’m a Firefighter, but I spent nearly a decade as a Federal agent, plus several years in two different branches of the military. In these jobs, I’ve sat through hundreds of hours of online training. Dr. Shertz’s course was totally different. He was engaging and authentic. Rather than speeding through slides to get to the end of the course, I found myself taking notes, rewinding lectures, and viewing blocks of instruction multiple times until I was certain I understood the concepts. I appreciated his depth of knowledge and his passion for the subject matter is clear. This is a high-quality course that I’d recommend to both Firefighters and LEOs.
Morgan West | Portland Fire & Rescue
The online course is very well done and kept my attention throughout. The scenario videos were not only entertaining, they were relevant to the information taught
I had the unique opportunity to both go to the in-person CTC2 class in Beaverton, OR and finish a portion of the course online because I had to leave early. I have to say that nothing can replace the muscle memory gained and the ability to ask questions and get immediate feedback that the in-person class provides. The practical scenario day was very well done and put you into situations that provided real-world stress. You had to treat very realistic injuries from real situations that have happened around the country. That being said, the online course is very well done and kept my attention throughout. The scenario videos were not only entertaining, they were relevant to the information taught and Dr. Shertz narrates during portions to help reinforce the M.A.R.C.H. pneumonic and treatment priorities. Overall, this is one of the best courses I have ever taken. I feel that anyone in Law Enforcement or FIRE/EMS should definitely take one of these courses because of the environment we live in today.
Dan Chase | Eugene Springfield Fire | Firefighter/Paramedic
The Advanced TC2 class was invaluable
The Advanced TC2 class was invaluable. I’m glad this course was more than just learning about tourniquets for hemorrhage control. Having the hands-on practice of wound packing, wrapping junctional wounds, and needle decompression on real models has given me a lot of confidence in my ability to address more than just bleeding out of arms and legs.
The online course including wound packing videos was very helpful and informative. I think [our police] officers have a lot of comfort with tourniquets but because they’re only for arms and legs, and it was interesting to be given a possible solution for bleeding from other areas of the body where the tourniquet wouldn’t be appropriate.
Sergeant Jamie Beane | Beaverton Police Department, Oregon
A wealth of information designed to allow us to make good decisions when shit goes wrong.
I was in your Tactical First Aid class in June of 2016. I loved the class, both lectures and demos. A wealth of information designed to allow us to make good decisions when shit goes wrong. 734 days later, last Saturday, I was at the range for a steel challenge match and ended up addressing a 9mm ball round through a guy’s thigh. I was so glad I took that class. I was so glad that I took YOUR class. Thank you for all the help.
The guy is fine. What struck me after the fact was that I didn’t consciously decide to take action, I just hauled ass around the berm and found myself gloved up and cutting a dude’s pants. It wasn’t a matter of confidence, more a deeper sense of duty (or maybe I just relished the opportunity). Your class made me a better person simply by triggering a more worthwhile response.
Thomas Alldredge | Mechanical Design Engineer, B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc.
It is important to learn tactical care techniques as we are the first line of protection for our students.
I completed the Tactical Casualty Care course both in person and online. Being an educator at an elementary school, I think it is important to learn these tactical care techniques as we are the first line of protection for our students. The techniques can be used in any type of emergency situation earthquake, fire, and during active shooter situations. Mike is a great instructor providing information that is easy to understand, remember and replicate. I feel confident that I can help save a life!
-Ashley Parson | Extended Programs Manager | German International School
I learned more than I did in 10 years of practicing medicine
Complete Tactical Casualty Care Course
Thank you for teaching such a fantastic course! I learned more in the past week than I did in all of my education and the last ten years of practicing medicine. Thank you for what you do!
Rachel Stappler, PA-C, MHSc | Physician Assistant and Reserve Police Officer
Our School leadership team learned crucial skills in a clear and accessible manner
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Thanks much Crisis Medicine and please keep up the good work.
Blake Peters, Head of School | German International School of Portland
I feel much more prepared after this course (on-line TC2). I am a South African Police officer…
I feel much more prepared after this course (on-line TC2). I am a South African Police officer, am certified in First Aid, and also did the Control The Bleed course (the same one you have in the US) recently.
This TC2 course really really taught me a lot. I like the style in which Mike presents it and I value his opinions. The course stimulated me to think about certain concepts and I will surely carry this knowledge with wherever I go.
MS | South African Law Enforcement
This ranks in the top classes I have taken. Maybe the best. Exceptionally well done!
I just completed the [online] TCC course and thought I’d drop you a note and let you know how much I liked the course. Actually loved the course! I am a CPA and over the years have done a ton of CPE to maintain my certification and this ranks in the top classes I have taken. Maybe the best. Exceptionally well done!
Thank you for providing this material. I hope I never have to use it, but as with CPR, you never know. I have had to use CPR a couple times, so I’ll sleep better after taking this course should I ever be in a situation where these skills are needed.
Highly researched, packed with examples, and delivered with top-notch production quality…
Tactical Casualty Care is the holy grail in crisis first aid training. Mike Shertz expertly distills his decades of experience as a Special Forces Medic and as an Emergency Room Physician into a powerful fact-filled training that leaves you confident knowing what to do in a crisis first aid event. Mike cuts through urban legends and misinformation and shows, through research and real-life situations, what works and what doesn’t. Mike has seen it, done it, and knows how to share it in a powerful presentation style that sticks. Everyone can benefit from this important information. Highly researched, packed with examples, and delivered with top-notch production quality, this online course will give you skills that can mean the difference between life and death for someone you love or anyone you may encounter who needs crisis first aid
Douglas Taylor | Global Director of Enterprise Risk Management (Retired) | Fortune 1000 Worldwide Consulting Organization
As a medical director for several fire departments, I can say it is the BEST trauma course you can take.
I have taken the 5 day TCCC class twice. As a medical director for several fire departments, I can say it is the BEST trauma course you can take.
John Heiser, MD
In seamanship, the primary rule is: keep the water out. This class could be nicknamed: keep the blood in.
In basic boating seamanship, there are a couple of primary rules and one is: Keep the water out. Dr. Shertz’s class on Tactical Casualty Care could be nicknamed: Keep the blood in. Dr. Shertz is a dynamic and crisp instructor and a compelling educator. I unlearned years of Hollywood war movie myths on what a bullet does to the body and learned what really happens when a person (or gelatin) gets shot. Most importantly I learned what I could do to help ‘keep the blood in’ and how to go about that to a reasonable degree. Both the classroom and hands-on instruction were thorough and I recommend the class to anyone who wants to become more educated in tactical casualty care, or wants to possibly be of use if found in a direct or indirect threat event with casualties and minimal equipment.
One of the best training experiences I’ve ever had, provided me with simple, effective life-saving tools I hope never to employ.
I have taken Crisis’ one day, [in-person] TCC class in 2010 as well as the [in-person] Advanced TC2 class in 2014, both through Insights Training Center. I cannot speak highly enough of Mike’s pedagogical approach, from the quality and depth of the instructional content to his ability as a speaker and a hands-on instructor to engage his audience and impart new skills and knowledge. I’ve taken classes with several of the “big names” in tactical training and Mike is among the best instructors with whom I’ve been fortunate to train. In TC2, Mike skillfully interleaved lecture material and hands-on labs. Let’s face it, few people want to sit in a room listening to someone talk, but Mike kept it completely engaging and always just the right length before breaking or transitioning to a hands-on practical session to drill the material further. I did not feel a single minute was ‘wasted time’ or find myself glancing at a watch. The final day of ATC2 was purely scenario-based training and from the facility used to the realistic makeup/practical effects employed to simulate trauma to the those who played victims in the drills, every bit was absolutely top-notch. It was one of the best training experiences I’ve ever had and provided me with simple, effective life-saving tools I hope never to employ. I cannot recommend Mike and Crisis Medicine highly enough.
An outstanding course taught by a top-tier instructor.
Spent the last three days attending Crisis Medicine’s Advanced Tactical Casualty Care course. In a few words, an outstanding course taught by a top-tier instructor. By the third day, participants were repeatedly handling arterial hemorrhaging from realistic gunshot wounds, penetrating chest and wounds, even amputations, and eviscerations in multiple stress based scenarios with LOTS of training blood and drama-inducing injury props, all under the watchful eyes of very highly experienced special operations medics and chief instructor Dr. Mike Shertz.