The Two-Minute Video Tip: Medical Training

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In this week’s segment of the two-minute video tip, host Harlan (Hucky) Austin along with special guest Justin Johnson, Executive Protection Agent & Senior Firearms Instructor for ICON Services talk about the importance of medical training in the world of Executive Protection.

  • Alonzo Gomez

    Another great bit of advice. Medical skills are too often neglected (including by myself). Maybe not as sexy as firearms or driving expertise, but definitely vital and valued by clients.

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  • Doug Runyon

    Good topic Hucky. Medical training is one of those things people often overlook and underestimate. In our training course we talk about this very fact and make well-researched recommendations of certain specialized training courses for those wishing to elevate their knowledge and, subsequently, their value.

    Aside from the basic First Aid/CPR/AED certifications that everyone should have as a minimum, we recommend a Wilderness First Aid course as it’s designed for care in austere areas and teaches some very creative, yet effective, methods of treatment when a formal medical facility isn’t a timely option. We also point trainees toward certain accelerated EMT-B programs where, upon successful course completion and passing of the national exam, you can earn an EMT-B certification in just 2 (very intense) weeks. Above and beyond the EMT-B certification there is the Wilderness EMT (W-EMT) certification all the way up to a full Paramedic.

    Unfortunately it’s a not nearly as sexy as firearms training or the martial art of the month. I get so frustrated when fielding phone calls from potential trainees who are so fixated on firearms or MMA fighting they can’t see the need and value of the other types of training needed.

  • Bruce D

    I took a great TCCC “live fire” course and courses like this will definitely help out our craft. I feel that everybody should at least get a certification as a first responder. I’m am as well an EMT-B. And I think every EP detail should have a least one medic on there team

  • Patrick D

    Great advice! In the numerous years of working in the EP industry (I am a paramedic as well) I have used my medical skills far more than my gun fighting skills.
    I can’t tell yo how many times I have seen Law enforcement, EP agents and whole teams take two giant steps back and yell medic when a client, family member, friend or colleague has gone suffered a medical incident. What does the client or family etc do when something happens? They call for our help! Our job is to keep our clients safe…..I don’t recall there being a disclaimer as to when or why. Be able to rectify the situation or at least help rectify the situation. We are in the service industry and the more hats you wear the better you can serve your client!
    Be safe!