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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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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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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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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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