ICC offers emergency training course

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Medical personnel and public safety professionals seeking to expand their skills and try them out in real-world simulations will do just that in a two-day training course offered by the Professional Development Institute at Illinois Central College. 

Entitled “Tactical Medicine Essentials,” the course will be Thursday and Friday, May 17-18, at the Illinois Central College North Campus, 5407 N. University, Peoria.

Attendees must be personnel working in the medical field, law enforcement, emergency medicine or fire and law enforcement, and must have completed and earned certification in trauma training. 

In the two-day session, participants will learn to perform and survive in high-risk tactical responses such as dealing with a violent criminal, armed emotionally disturbed people, community crises or acts of terrorism.

In addition to classroom discussion of responses, skills and techniques relevant to active shooters, terrorism responses, self-defense, disarming and interfacing with crime scenes, attendees will also get a chance to apply what they learn in a real-world scenario. 

For this part of the training, participants will be transported off site to apply the skills learned in a real-time scenario using live fire (using an airsoft gun).

The course will be taught by Dr. John Wipfler and James Bender. 

Wipfler is a board certified emergency room physician and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is co-author of the book “Tactical Medicine Essentials,” endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

Wipfler has performed special operations with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marshals as well as participating in more than 115 SWAT calls. 

Bender is an associate professor of Emergency Medical Services at Illinois Central College and has extensive military and civilian medical background, including rural EMS, hospital administration, disaster and tactical medicine. He has designed disaster responses for 23 hospitals and 12 EMS systems.

Cost for the course is $395 and includes the textbook Tactical Medicine Essentials, goggles, airsoft gun rental, transportation and lunch. 

Continuing education units will be awarded. 

For specifics regarding pre-requisites, type of continuing education credit as well as more details on the course and instructors, go online to www.icc.edi/pdi/tacmed or call 690-6900.