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POST and EMSA Approved Training

Approved tactical medicine training programs, which provide initial and refresher or update tactical medicine training to personnel, shall adhere to the training guidelines and standards. Eligible training presenters may submit a Course Certification Program request for Tactical Medicine course approval to POST pursuant to Regulations 1005 (f), 1051, 1052,1053, 1054, 1055, 1056, 1057, 1058, 1070, 1084 (b) and (c), and Commission ProceduresD-2 and D-6. The Course Certification Package must be submitted electronically using the POST Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system.

From the Post Administrative Manual - Regulations

Approved Tactical Medicine Training Programs – Initial

These programs are approved to provide initial Tactical Medicine training in California.

  • International School of Tactical Medicine – Full 80-hour Training Program
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Southern California Office – Alternate 40-hour Training program for EMTs and above, with prerequisite of SWAT-Basic Course

Approved Refresher Training Programs for Tactical Medicine

Tactical medicine personnel and supervisors, managers, and directors should attend 24 hours of POST-certified or EMSA-approved regular update or refresher tactical medicine training, or its equivalent as determined by the agency, which are specific to the core competencies, every two years. All students shall have completed the full Tactical Medicine training program to be eligible for the refresher program.

Approved Tactical First Aid Training Programs

The tactical first aid (TFA) course is a non-tactical medicine program for law enforcement and public safety personnel that is presented with a minimum of 8 hours of instruction.

Approved Tactical LifeSaver Training Programs

The tactical LifeSaver (TLS) course is a non-tactical medicine program for law enforcement and public safety personnel that is presented with 16-24 hours of instruction.

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