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Course Description

The Tactical Medicine Course (TACMED) is a 40-hour class presented by Gadsden State Community College Department of Emergency Medical Services, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gadsden City Police Department.

Our Course has been reviewed by the International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC) and has received approval as an approved Review Course for both Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) and Tactical Responder (TR-C).

For specific questions regarding the IBSC please refer to: or email:

The course consists of approximately 10 hours of classroom lectures and 30 hours of tactical training provided by members of the Joint Special Operations Group/S.W.A.T.

To qualify for enrollment, you must be a Law Enforcement Officer with any level of emergency medical training, EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), EMT (any level), NRP, PA, NP, RN, or a Physician with a current license and in good standing with your state or certifying agency.

Classroom instruction is a review of the history of Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), Legal aspects, Tactical Methodology, and basic emergency medical procedures likely encountered in tactical situations. The instructors are all experienced in tactical medicine and are NRPs. Specific instruction in performing emergency surgical cricothyroidotomy and needle decompression is physician taught & supervised.

The course will be both physically and mentally challenging. It is recommended you check with your healthcare provider prior to the course if you have any chronic medical conditions or are taking any medications.

Successful completion of the course DOES NOT guarantee you a passing score on the IBSC Certification Exam. This will be determined by your competency on the IBSC written exam. . Completion of the course DOES NOT guarantee you will become a member of a tactical unit. This will be determined by the needs and requirements of your local law enforcement agency.

To enroll in the course, you may select “more” button then select “apply”.  You may also contact John Hollingsworth, MS, NRP, Program Director, Gadsden State Community College Department of EMS at:

Please feel free to call or txt: 256-438-1563 or email: for any further questions or concerns.


Thomas A. Page, M.D.

Medical Director

Tactical Medicine

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