(GRAPHIC) These officers show us how important first aid skills and equipment are to our Active Self Protection! I don’t recommend that CCW holders render first aid to people who they have defended themselves against, but these officers and their first aid skills show us what we need if we ever have a loved one who is shot!
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News story #1 on the officers with significant details: https://get-asp.com/9yv4
News story #2 with more follow-up on the first aid’s effectiveness in saving the suspect’s life: https://get-asp.com/o5rm
What does this video teach us about our need for first aid skills?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! In those instances, once the threat is truly neutralized, you might want to render first aid if you’re appropriately equipped.
- The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The hands of this suspect are what got him shot!
- If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. The officers worked excellently as a team here, both in ending the threat and in rendering first aid!
- First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz or this one with hemostatic included: http://amzn.to/2b5ALYz) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.
- You must be able to keep your first aid supplies nearby in an emergency, and have the training to use them of course! Training is always key. An ankle medical system can really help you keep your first aid kit nearby in an emergency: http://amzn.to/2b2meew. I like to have some REALLY stout and thick nitrile gloves rolled and kept in it: http://amzn.to/2b0ptTq. A tourniquet is a must: http://amzn.to/2b2mVEU. Some hemostatic gauze is important: http://amzn.to/2be3jAO. A chest seal helps prevent an open pneumothorax: http://amzn.to/2b2nY7S. An Israeli bandage gets you what you need for the rest: http://amzn.to/2bo3AD6. I love having Leatherman Raptor shears as well: http://amzn.to/2aWMYlb. Now, not all of that will fit in the ankle holster, but you gotta decide what you need in the moment. The way to do that is to get training.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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