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The National Tactical Medicine Competition Returns to Charlotte

National Tactical Medicine Competition


Special Operations Aid & Rescue, Ltd. (SOARescue)

2 May 2019

The 2019 National Tactical Medicine Competition will be held at the Gaston College Regional Public Safety Training Center just outside of Charlotte in Dallas, North Carolina on Sunday May 5th, hosted by SOARescue. The event will be held just prior to the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly. In total, 12 two-man teams will compete for the title of 2019 Champions. This year’s competitors come from across North America from California to Pennsylvania and included three international teams.

Each team will be tasked with a grueling 4 stage course that is both mentally and physically challenging. The stages transition the competitors through each of the TCCC/TECC phases of care. Teams are challenged with a variety of skills, from providing care under fire in a hostile environment, to treating casualties with critical care medicine using limited resources. These are the same skills that tactical medics must utilize when they are faced with a wide range of calls/missions, such as a school shooting or evacuation from a far-forward austere setting.

Tactical medics are also challenged with rescue skills, negotiating obstacles or difficult terrain with a casualty. Casualties may have to be hoisted or lowered depending on the situation to move them to a place where they can meet an evacuation asset. The public is welcome to come, and watch teams compete. Spectators can watch teams working through treating various casualties and overcoming the obstacles of challenging scenarios. Teams will be competing from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday May 5th.

This competition has been an incredible opportunity for civilian and tactical medical professionals to work together in friendly competition. The training competitors engaged in before the competition has made each competitor a better medical provider and competing allows them to find any weaknesses they may have. We hope to continue and grow this unique competition, to better prepare our responders, and to help the community better understand the services provided. The unfortunate reality of this world hit far too close to home this week. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte was struck by evil, when 6 students were shot, two of which fatally. This is only one example of the many similar situations that strike our nation annually. It is our deepest desire to foster an environment for our nation’s responders to hone their skills, so that if the unfortunate moment comes, they are better prepared.


The 2019 National Tactical Medicine Competition will be an incredible success, thanks to all of our contributing sponsors, role players, patient actors, judging staff, and adjunct facilitators. 

Some of our Sponsors are:


-Qore Performance


-Blaze Defense Systems

-Haley Strategic

-Zenith Firearms


-Condition Grey

-5.11 Tactical

-Lion Apparel

-First Line Technologies

For further inquiries, please contact:

Event PIO:

Andrew R. info@soarescue.com

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