FCES Tactical team was organized to suffice a need to provide tactical paramedic care to Winston Salem and Kernersville Police Department’s S.W.A.T teams. We also fill the void in providing care for the Winston Salem Police Department’s Bomb Ordinance Team. The team consists of Six Nationally Registered Paramedics and a MD who serves as another functioning tactical medic and provides medical oversight. Also a Physician’s Assistant from Wake Health/SORT serves as a medic and provides medical oversight and training to the team. Each tactical paramedic has been through a 7 month T.E.M.S (Tactical Emergency Medical Services) course. In addition, each team member has completed and passed a Critical Care Paramedic course and are certified in same. Upon completion these candidates will be placed on a 6 month probationary period and will meet individually with the medical director and administrative officer to determine their placement on the team.
Each medic responds to numerous calls for service throughout the year. Also each medic attends monthly trainings for each dept. WSPD trains every first and third Tuesday of every month. WSPD Bomb Team trains twice monthly. KPD trains monthly and provides a list of training for the current calendar year. We adhere to 100% response and presence to all calls for service and trainings.
Calls for Service
In addition each team member attends two different 10 hour training sessions each year taught by FCES training division, Dr.Bozeman and Jim Johnson. This consists of skill evaluations, TCCC updates and gear/equipment familiarization. Also each medic demonstrates skills and techniques to an evaluator to demonstrate proficiency.
When the medic responds to training we participate in physical training with that team. We train in whatever evolutions that team may be training in that day. We try to incorporate medical situations in all the trainings we encounter and prepare the officers and ourselves for the ever potential officer down.
In summary this team is ever growing and serves as an integral part to this agency and to the citizens of Forsyth County. It takes dedication and commitment to serve with this team and each member that serves demonstrates this level of commitment continuously.