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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.

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Pimp My Kit - Episode One: A look at a new hoistable evacuation platform, some coffee & mustache wax
March 07, 2017

Pimp My Kit - Episode One: A look at a new hoistable evacuation platform, some coffee & mustache wax

Many of us for the past...well... I guess decades have found ourselves carrying a hoist litter for urban, mountain, and helicopter operations, that somewhat resembles a golf bag.  No one ever really wants to be the person responsible for carrying this thing whether fast roping, hiking, crawling, or whatever your insertion method of choice may be.  We started messing with the Phantom Hoist a few years ago, and did a few blogs on it (on our old website), the only thing we really couldn't do with the Phantom Hoist compared to the traditional product was dragging.  So...we introduced the Phantom Hoist to the Foxtrot litter over dinner and drinks to see what the result would be the next morning...add a quad fold, a 6 mil bag and vacuum sealer, and you have 50 Shades of Rescue...and a bad ass ,much smaller and manageable low profile kit capability. 

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Tactical Combat Casualty Care & Evidence Based Medicine: The Good, The Bad, The Irrelevant (Part II)
October 09, 2015

Tactical Combat Casualty Care & Evidence Based Medicine: The Good, The Bad, The Irrelevant (Part II)

This is a two part podcast with Dr. Daved VanStralen discussing the topic of evidence based medicine and TCCC. We have taught and "preached" TCCC for over a decade, while defending the guidelines, equipment, and recommendations with the "mantra" evidence-based medicine. After years of unexplained failures and issues, we take a look at what "EBM" actually is, and whether its performance parameters are relevant to your operational parameters.
Please check out the podcast page at elementrescue.com for additional information, research, and links.

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Tactical Combat Casualty Care & Evidence Based Medicine: The Good, The Bad, The Irrelevant (Part I)
October 05, 2015

Tactical Combat Casualty Care & Evidence Based Medicine: The Good, The Bad, The Irrelevant (Part I)

This is a two part podcast with Dr. Daved VanStralen discussing the topic of evidence based medicine and TCCC. We have taught and "preached" TCCC for over a decade, while defending the guidelines, equipment, and recommendations with the "mantra" evidence-based medicine. After years of unexplained failures and issues, we take a look at what "EBM" actually is, and whether its performance parameters are relevant to your operational parameters.

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Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 2B
July 22, 2015

Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 2B

In this episode we briefly discuss why we take an HRO approach to the dynamic violent incident, versus an evidence-based medicine / methodology.  We will be going into greater depth on this subject in the near future... I am sure you will be just as surprised, (and disappointed) as we were.  We also discuss some breaching considerations and options, we touch on a little halligan anatomy, and some of the physics behind various breaching techniques, which is the foundation for improvisation.

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Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 2A
July 19, 2015

Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 2A

Part 2 of this series is broken into “Part 2a” & “Part 2b”, each around 30-40 minutes long. In this episode we briefly discuss why we take an HRO approach to the dynamic violent incident, versus an evidence-based medicine / methodology.

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Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 3)
July 13, 2015

Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 3)

This is the final episode on HRO’s with Dr. van Stralen.  Probably a good time to throw out a big “Thanks” to Daved van Stralen for his time, while he was on vacation in France to talk with us.  We are fortunate to be able to work with him quite a bit, and will definitely be doing some more podcasts with him in the future.  Besides HRO, he is a Yoda when it comes to airway management...

We will also be doing a video cast in the next week or two on what that initial walkthrough looks like when implementing HRO into your training, planning, and response SOP’s.

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Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 2)
July 09, 2015

Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 2)

HRO methodology has been permeating into a broad spectrum of high risk / high threat organizations over the past decade.  From nuclear power-plants, intensive care units, wild land firefighting and most recently DoD health care systems.  There is plenty of information out on the web pertaining to HRO’s, but is it valid or just another company claiming to be “experts” in hopes of getting a high paying contract from your organization?  We will speak with one of the originators and internationally respected practitioners of HRO, Dr. Daved van Stralen.

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Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 1)
July 06, 2015

Holy HRO: High Reliability Organizations (Part 1)

HRO methodology has been permeating into a broad spectrum of high risk / high threat organizations over the past decade.  From nuclear power-plants, intensive care units, wild land firefighting and most recently DoD health care systems.  There is plenty of information out on the web pertaining to HRO’s, but is it valid or just another company claiming to be “experts” in hopes of getting a high paying contract from your organization?  We will speak with one of the originators and internationally respected practitioners of HRO, Dr. Daved van Stralen.

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Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 1B
July 02, 2015

Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 1B

This is the second half of Part 1.  In this section we dig a little deeper into a few tragic events known throughout the first responder arena, and examine what really occurred and what lessons there are to be learned.  Without digging into the minutiae of the event, critical aspects can be overlooked or dismissed, which could impact our response and training dramatically.  Another important “take home point” with these events is the fact that many of them learn from one another.  Similar to the evolutionary tactics of the Chechnyans, there is a learning cycle, and small adaptive changes that are implemented within the next attack.  Very rarely are these attacks “revolutionary” but rather evolutionary. 

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Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 1A
June 30, 2015

Outlier Considerations to Improve Morbidity & Mortality During Active Shooter Events- Part 1A

This is a multi-part series focusing on often overlooked first responder skill sets that have a direct correlation to decreasing mortality during dynamic events.  With events like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Boston, professional communities come forward with new tactics, guidelines, and acronyms.  Many of them useful to a degree, but unfortunately many are created in their individual paradigms and only relevant to the latest atrocity.  

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Evolve or Die
June 27, 2015

Evolve or Die

We live in an ever-changing world and it is certainly becoming more complex. On the home front, the threats we face on the street range from the scumbag looking to take your wallet or the next active shooter, to the terror cell preparing to make the news.  As emergency responders, we must evolve.

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Failure Is an Option...(In Training)
September 30, 2014

Failure Is an Option...(In Training)

Training methodology for high pressure environments goes through great transformation every 5-10 years.  Unfortunately, traditional learning models have been applied.  These models are not developed for the individual working in an austere, chaotic, time-constrained, and often dangerous environment.

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