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Kingfisher Medical – ROVER Active Shooter/Hostile Threat Response Kit

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Rapid Onset Violence Emergency Response kit, or ROVER, provides first responders with a deployment-ready, suitcase-sized toolkit to efficiently coordinate information, rapidly treat life-threatening injuries and quickly remove the injured. It also fosters increased cooperation between LE and EMS.

“We’ve seen hundreds of active shooter incidents where EMS/fire and law enforcement each set up separate command posts, essentially working in different silos,” says Kingfisher Medical Vice President Bob Otter, a 20-year veteran of the fire service himself. “This scenario can create dramatic and unnecessary delays in getting to these critically injured patients.”

The toolkit lid opens to the whiteboard with pre-printed cues for command staff, as well as information gathering. This keeps all emergency responders on the same page with the number of victims, victim location and other vital treatment information.


It also includes a number of IFAK trauma kits with rapid intervention supplies to treat those most seriously injured. The compact kits are PALS compatible and pre-stocked with life-saving devices, or can be custom configured to the agency’s needs or protocols.


Additionally, ROVER includes the military grade Xtract, a lightweight device that cocoons victims for a faster and safer extraction from the scene. The Xtract folds to the size of a bread loaf, yet is strong enough to lift or drag victims away from the scene with fewer emergency personnel. The Xtract reduces first responder exposure because victims can be rapidly removed from dangerous areas.


SOTech Announces Debut of Speed Clip Thigh Rig Quick Attachment System

Monday, January 19th, 2015

SOTech is proud to announce the debut of it’s Speed Clip Thigh Rig Quick Attachment System (Generation 2)(US patented). We are also proud to announce our development of a Taser Holster and Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) pouch with LAPD and LASD. The “Los Angeles Speed Clip” development resulted in agency-wide purchases by LAPD and LASD of Taser holsters and IFAK pouches across Los Angeles.


-Both agencies worked together in an effort to standardize their gear according to common requirements.
-Additional pouches including rifle magazine pouches are in use by these departments on the same platform.
-What is unique about SOTech’s Speed Clip configuration is that it can be quickly mounted on a thigh, duty belt, or MOLLE-compatible vest. SOTech recognizes the need for patrol officers to be light and nimble, while quickly Speed Clipping-on situation-dependent gear, like Tasers, rifle magazines and IFAKs.
-SOTech is also developing a third level of “Suit Up Gear” including vests and packs for deliberate preparation events such as civil disobedience control and warrant service.
-SOTech designed these pouches to be professional looking and compact keeping in mind they are in the public’s view.
-SOTech also has Speed Clip rigs for plain clothes agents and detectives, fire suppression, riot control, terrorism response, radios, and gas masks.
-SOTech began development of it’s Speed Clip line in 1997 as one of it’s first products. After decades of refinement on the streets of Los Angeles, we are proud to have been approached by two of the world’s most progressive law enforcement departments to create Generation II.


SOTech will be debuting Speed Clip Generation II at SHOT Show in Booth #20113. Learn more at or by contacting us at info@specopstech.


Saturday, January 10th, 2015


I ran across this on Facebook where it came from imgur. Fancy. Amazing how GIGN is equipped.

h/t spartan117gw

Stay Safe Out There

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

These past two days have been rough for America’s law enforcement community. We mourn the loss of the three officers killed in the line of duty and our condolences go out to their families and loved ones.


For all of the rest of you. Be careful and strive for excellence in all that you do. Keep your head in the game. We are counting on you.


Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

SOMA isn’t just about military tactical medicine. It also showcases products and services for the LE and first responder community.


One example of this is SOTech. Back in 1999 they developed belt hanger with zapped Clip pouches for LE (left above). Earlier this year, they modified the system in order to allow the pouch to attach directly to the belt (center above) but they split the belt attachment in order to make it PALS compatible. Now, they’ve adapted this to a new pouch called the MAG-MED rig.


The MAG-MED rig is part of their MACTAC line which supports LE. This drop leg rig holds four magazines plus a full IFAK. Primarily focused on Active Shooter scenarios, the medical gear ingeniously sits in front of and below the magazines.

Questions Asked on the USAF Security Forces LEOSA Facebook Page

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

uestions we receive on a weekly basis…
1. I’m Army MP XX number of years can I apply to the AF. -NO.
2. What is LEOSA? -Really?
3. How does this benefit me? -See previous response.
4. I’m Guard/Reserve/IMA/Retired can I apply. -If AF, yes if qual’d.
5. Why do we have to pay? -No public tax dollars.
6. My CHL/CCW is better and this is a scam. -FALSE
7. This violates Posse Comitatus. -FALSE
8. Can I arrest people 24/7 as a cop. -Absolutely NOT
9. If I can’t carry on base what’s the point? -Really?
10. I already have a state issued LEOSA card based on my AF status. -You are in violation of the law because you must have an ID card issued BY YOUR EMPLOYER, ie. the USAF
11. Can I carry a weapon onto a plane. -NO, read the law!
12. I’m a SNCO and don’t have training records, am I eligible. -Seriously?
13. LEOSA/CCW insurance is a scam. -FALSE, its been around for years.
14. Can I carry my USAF issued M9? -NO
15. Can I carry an Uzi? Technically possible, sigh.
16. I’m an officer, but not SF or an MP, and I can apprehend based on my rank and the UCMJ; how can I apply? -NOT ELIGIBLE
17. I’m a First Sergeant but was never SF am I eligible? -NO
18. I was Air Police, do I qualify? -Yes
19. I was Security Police do I qualify? -Yes
20. I was a Security Police Security troop before the careerfield merged, do I qualify? -Yes
21. Does this apply in Puerto Rico? -Yes

By the way, the Air Force appears to be way out in front of the other services in issuing credentials to their LE personnel in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act.

The Beslan School Siege – A Decade On

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Ten years ago today Muslim Chechen separatists occupied School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia which is an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation. On the first day of school, they took over 1,100 faculty, students and their parents hostage, demanding that the Russians leave Chechnya. After three days of negotiations, during which hostages and terrorists alike died, Russian paramilitary forces retook the school. Unfortunately, over 300 were killed during the operation. This was by no means a text book operation. The bad guys have studied it and learned from it. So should you.


Over the years, terrorists have have conducted this sort of operation more than once in various parts of the world. There is every reason to believe that they will do it again. ISIS is an increasing threat. Americans are gaining experience fighting for Islamo-fascist causes. At some point, many will attempt to reenter the US.

Citizens and Law Enforcement alike should be vigilant. For citizens, if a situation doesn’t look right, avoid it. For LE and first responders, it is imperative to practice and be prepared. It can be as simple as rock drills and command post exercises to work out command and control as well as communications issues is critical. Learn critical skills. Be prepared to transition from regular duties to dealing with single and multiple active shooters. Get the proper equipment and know how to use it. This includes medical equipment.

I recommend all read up on this operation and study both the actions of the terrorists as well as those of Government forces.

LAPD Approves S.O.Tech’s Cobra SIS Vest

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Cool news for S.O.Tech.


CARSON, CA - S.O. Tech, Inc./Special Operations Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that its COBRA SIS Vest has been recently approved by the Los Angeles Police Department.


The Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Special Investigation Section (SIS) has spearheaded the development of game-changing tactics to make our nation’s streets safe. Gone are the days of detectives in police windbreakers waiting as a suspect barricades himself and SWAT arrives for a long standoff. SIS officers worked with S.O. Tech staff on the design of the COBRA armor carrier to quickly throw on over undercover clothing from a surveillance posture. The vest is also designed for maximum mobility to apprehend perpetrators in travel mode and the pouch placement follows the order of use and accessibility. “It was an amazing experience to assist SIS operators in translating their decades of tactical experience into a vest system that represents a true change in law enforcement tactics.” said Jim Cragg, President and CEO of S.O. Tech.


The pinnacle feature of the vest is its panel waste attachment system which allows the vest to be hung over a car seat then quickly pulled on and snapped into place. Built to order and adjustable for fit, the vest has a non-skid upper chest to keep the weapon secure while aiming and firing and includes a Velcro®-secured cummerbund to keep the vest from shifting. Made in the USA, the COBRA SIS vest can carry both soft armor and plates, has a built-in weapon sling and is made of 1000D Cordura® nylon for supreme durability. The vest is versatile and can accept other SO Tech products such as: First Aid Kits (which mounts out of the way in the lower back), an array of tactical pouches and holsters, a “Go Bag”, a bandolier and various patches.

This Is How They Do It In Florence

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Florence 1

Florence, Italy that is. That holster makes for one heck of a drawstroke.

Florence 2

FBI Issues Pre-Solicitation for COTS 9MM Pistols

Monday, July 28th, 2014

While the US Army continues to make noise about adopting a new cartridge to replace the current NATO-standard 9mm caliber, Law Enforcement agencies across the country are migrating back to the round. Now, arguably the most respected LE agency in America, if not the world, the Federal Bureau of investigation is making good on their quest to transition from .40 to 9mm by taking the first step to purchase new weapons by issuing a Pre-Solicitation for Commercial Off The Shelf pistols. Although referred to as a Pre-Solicitation, it serves the same purpose as a Sources Sought Notice you’d see from DoD. This is a huge opportunity for the firearms industry. Not only with FBI but the entire LE community in America. Where the Bureau goes, so goes everyone else.

FBI Pistol Training

Specifically, they are seeking:

Various commercial “OFF THE SHELF” semi-automatic pistols chambered to fire a 9mm Luger cartridge as defined by SAAMI.

The following types of pistols, chambered to fire a 9mm Luger cartridge, may be requested for testing and evaluation purposes under a future solicitation:

Class One Pistol: barrel length between 3.75″ and 4.25″; with a minimum magazine capacity of 13 rounds.

Class Two Pistol: barrel length between 4.5″ and 5.5″; with a minimum magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

Class One Training Pistol (Red Handle): deactivated with full articulation, red receiver and slide, night sights.

Class One “Man Marking” (a.k.a., “Simunitions”) pistol: blue slide or slide with blue inserts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation anticipates the release of a solicitation during FY2015/Q1; distributed solely through the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) Website.

The anticipated maximum, not to exceed, contract threshold is $100M for a twelve month base period and nine (9) possible additional one-year options.

Being much smaller than Defense (and much more fragmented) Justice along with the multitude of other agencies charged with law enforcement have been able to buy pretty much whatever they want over the years. For many, this has meant the .40 S&W caliber. It was developed about 25 years ago and is an outgrowth of the FBI’s interest in the 10mm cartridge but in a package that could be retrofitted to existing 9mm handgun frames. But now, with decades of data on the effects of the .40 cartridge and its toll on handguns themselves. Rumors have been swirling for sometime that they were moving back toward 9mm and this Sources Sought Notice is a step in that direction.

I’m not even going to get into the myriad reasons that the Department of Defense won’t adopt a new caliber for its sidearm but instead will point to the ill-fated Individual Carbine program which was open to new calibers. In the end, only standard 5.56mm NATO guns were down selected and even then, no weapons were capable of completing the trials which were ended early. You want a new caliber? Do the science. The Army hasn’t. Instead, they’ve set industry up for another fall in their open caliber Modular Handgun System program.

It would be prudent to keep an eye on what the Bureau is up to, and why. They rely on their handgun as primary weapon system and look to be willing to trust the lives of their agents with the 9mm caliber. Granted, they’re not shooting M882 Ball, and therein lies the rub. Regardless of handgun caliber, Full Metal Jacket ammunition doesn’t take full advantage of the latest in ammunition technology. DoD needs to consider that as well.