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        This is the official Academic Crest of all Element Rescue, LLC affiliated advanced higher learning institutions.  It may resemble or remind you of a prestigious academic crest like Harvard's..... and it should. Mainly because our emblem is also a crest and it has a similar color...In contrast ,we aren’t whining, baby, rich kids, (this excludes Dave Callaway...and his wife...and one other person but I can’t recall their name) who get spoon fed irrelevant crap that will allow you to make a six figure salary.  We also happen to not be accredited as any type of university.  On top of that, we really aren’t (technically) a higher learning institution, nor do we (technically) have any affiliates.  Not to worry, we do have a PhD program of instruction in Bad Ass Rescue.  As a side note, if you happen to be well-versed in Bad Ass rescue, you should ask yourself, "Do I really need to strive for bad ass status in anything else?"...(The answer...no).  And as a final, very important note...We DO drink Guinness beer, and HAVE partaken in the consumption of Irish Car bombs within a 3 mile radius of Harvard, and since Guinness is “wicked” popular in Boston ("Baaahstahnn") and the surrounding areas...(including freakin’ Cambridge),  we believe that participating in these activities in such close proximity to educational institutions of such high caliber, qualifies us as having a substantial (yet unoffical) connection or affiliation with the aforementioned institution. (at least that's what we've been told)...(but by a very reliable source)...(actually, that's what we heard from a friend, of a friend, whose brother may (or may not) work at NASA, which would make him really credible in my opinion).  Also, Harvard’s Crest has Latin writing (lame), and ours has halligans (totally awesome)...enough said.

Episode VI: Operational Hacking- Science- Part 2
May 05, 2019

Episode VI: Operational Hacking- Science- Part 2

Part 2 of our conversation with Ricky (finally...sorry)... We hit on more aspects concerning the Ground force - Aeromedical interaction, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Environmental -Based Medicine...and Experienced-Based Medicine, and more.

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Episode V: Operational Hacking: Science- Part 1
March 19, 2019

Episode V: Operational Hacking: Science- Part 1

We're back, Hacking Science with Ricky Ditzel, Esq. III- Lead R&D guy with SOM-C, the editor for the Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine, and, flight medic in the Army. Self described huge fan of The Eagles (not the Bald kind or the legendary band kind...just the Philadelphia kind.)
In Part one of this two part discussion, Sean apologizes to Ricky and they discuss the first time they hugged at SOMSA.  Ricky spits out disruptive smart guy stuff like a lyrical genius…things like; calcium chloride, calcium gluconate, calcium neutral safe places, and something called DIC…which turned out to be totally different than what Ryan and Sean were thinking. Clotting cascade physiology, fibrinogen and fibrin, some info about his working group- which has smart guys with very odd initials and credentials after their names…Also...some protocol creations, a few specific dumb ass comments that others have made in opposition to Ricky's calcium crusade, a little flight medic insight with triage and hand-offs, but, most importantly…we discuss 3 other things, that when combined, will make you appear 33% better looking to 42% of the members of the opposite sex…FACT(ish). The mathematical wizardry used to calculate those percentages was performed using RCT and Meta-analysis with a p value of 0.05…so #EBM and #epistemology (how James Ferrier the Scottish philosopher would be puking in his mouth now…) Oh, and the squats that Ryan will be doing to prepare for his own crusade of bringing back the 1970’s era Ocean Pacific corduroy short shorts…

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Episode IV: Operational Hacking: Training- Part 2
March 08, 2019

Episode IV: Operational Hacking: Training- Part 2

"Tracking Heffalumps and Woozles"
A continuation of the training talk with Sean, Ryan, JJ, and David.....they discuss the skills you need to pay the bills (aka mastering the basics), Slim Shady as he relates to the Commando Medic, The importance of training like a Tigger, not like an Eeyore....getting lost in Sean's luscious beard and much, much, more. Valiant effort made to stay on topic gentleman, keep up the good work.

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Episode III: Operational Hacking: Training- Part I
February 28, 2019

Episode III: Operational Hacking: Training- Part I

"Don't Shock Me Bro"
We continue our “operational hacking” series here as we talk shop again with JJ. This time, Sean, Ryan, JJ, and David sit down and mostly discuss training. Yes, they also manage to talk about; donut shops, Compton hats and losing Sean, dog legs, a GPS named Judy, pink bunny and ocelot suits, Pollo Loco, Galileo, the Coriolis effect, Han Solo, training fairies, who may be buried under the Palo Alto Mac store....and oddly enough, staying on task. You'll definitely laugh, you may cry, you'll probably learn a few things, and you could want to shower? Then sit back and relax, part II is on the way.

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Episode II: Operational Hacking- CCP Land Pirate
January 29, 2019

Episode II: Operational Hacking- CCP Land Pirate

Task Force- Land Pirate Code....Continuing with the “operational hacking” series...we brought in one of our resident pipe hitters for the CCP podcast.  Sean and Ryan speak with Jon Johnson (JJ) about CCP’s.  JJ IS AN 18D now teaching at the school house at Ft. Bragg and just joined forces with the SOM-C posse.  They discuss the principles to help you figure out the practices that fit your response capability and organic assets.  Also, there is a pdf presentation attached to the podcast page on element rescue for her fidelity and your enjoyment.

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Episode I: Introduction to Operational Hacking
January 03, 2019

Episode I: Introduction to Operational Hacking

Task Force Nutcracker... This is the first installment of a multi-part PodCast Series on Operational Hacking.  Not so much Computer hacking like Legion, but using the hacking mindset to hack your TTP’s, design planning, protocols, ...and really everything you do...

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Disruptive Mountain Rescue...and Whatnot
August 01, 2018

Disruptive Mountain Rescue...and Whatnot

Sean and Brent hang out discussing mountain rescue, decreasing time to patient times, meat anchors, thoughts on ways to decrease your evacuation times...DJ AM, anchor evaluation, and other topics you can not live without knowing...

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Casualty Management Disruption- Part II
July 19, 2018

Casualty Management Disruption- Part II

Part 2 - Ryan & Sean talk how to integrate med and rescue training into your teams everyday training, decreasing complexity, building your speed up for rescue and bail-outs, the negative side of stimulus-response training, gaining SA for self and buddy rescues, redefining what rescue is- for your context, Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis): what they are, why you need one, and how to use them to fight terrorism, Micromastery, Micro assault rescue kits, NWA and Easy-E...

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Casualty Management Disruption- Part I
July 15, 2018

Casualty Management Disruption- Part I

Sean and Ryan start a multi part series on all things...casualty management, caffeine, California Pollo Loco, Bail-outs, Cuban Coffee, Gangster Rap, and...whatnot...

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CTECC 2018 Post Meeting Podcast
July 09, 2018

CTECC 2018 Post Meeting Podcast

Here is the post SOMA / C-TECC Meeting podcast. Sean and Brendan review some of the presentations, discussions, and future endeavors.  The guys also discuss some RTF concepts, the CFED conference, Sean has an apology, and they discuss who can drop more “F” bombs - Dr. Smith or Scott Kimball...fun for all.

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After-Action/ Comprehensive Analysis of the Active Shooter Incident Response by the SBCFD
May 14, 2018

After-Action/ Comprehensive Analysis of the Active Shooter Incident Response by the SBCFD

We were privileged to be hired as part of a team to provide the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District with a comprehensive analysis and review of the response by the San Barnardino City Fire Department to the active shooter incident of December 2, 2015. Our thanks goes out to everyone involved for their time and expertise and the willingness of the responders who shared their stories from that day, in an effort to enhance the response capabilities of others.

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CTECC 2018 Pre Meeting Podcast
May 13, 2018

CTECC 2018 Pre Meeting Podcast

Unedited pre-conference chit chat with Sean McKay and Brendan Hartford....you have to listen to find out what is inside.

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