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Introducing Rescue Craft by Tactical Medical Solutions

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Tactical Medical Solutions® in Anderson, South Carolina, is a global leading developer and manufacturer of pre-hospital medical gear for both the tactical and civilian world. TacMed is the manufacturer of well-known products including the SOF®T-Wide Tourniquet and OLAES® Modular Bandage and is a medical supplier to DoD, US government agencies, law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies, private institutions and individual purchasers. TacMed provides everything from individual kit components to stocked kits of all sizes that can be customized to best fit your needs.


In 2016, TacMed created its training arm and rescue brand Rescue CraftTM. Rescue CraftTM team members have backgrounds in Special Operations, law enforcement, and fire rescue as they relate to rescue and vertical rope access.

The primary course that Rescue CraftTM teaches is the Operational Vertical Specialist (OVS). OVS is the overarching name of a variety of courses that teach the same principles to targeted audiences. For the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO), it is a 3-day Tactical Rope Access Course for SWAT team members. For tactical medics, it is the 4-day Tactical Rescue Technician Course, which includes more medical capabilities. There are also courses geared for SOF climbing teams and USASOC medics. Rescue CraftTM has the ability to customize any training to an organization’s specifications. The end state certification is consistent with the relevant job performance requirements found within NFPA 1006 (2017) Rope Rescue Technician.


The purpose of OVS is to provide special operations team members and medics a common baseline of rigging, rescue, and vertical access that is applicable to a full spectrum of variable environments (urban through mountain) and variable operational constraints.


The OVS technique and equipment selection takes into account that many end users are not full time “rope handlers,” where “technical rescue” may not be their primary, secondary, or even tertiary team function. But when it is needed, it is needed without second thought and must be executed innately in less than optimal circumstances. Difficulty in the execution of rescue should arise from the emergence of outlier tactical variables, not from the techniques and equipment utilized. It is for these reasons we deemphasize many hallmarks of traditional courses, such as memorizes numerous and complicated knots. We prefer to teach various wraps and hitches due to their inherent ease to recall, execute, and utilize under the stress of the operational rescue environment.

One of the primary requirements within the OVS curriculum is to de-mystify complicated rescue systems. Our technique selection is designed with redundant fail-safes, dynamic adaptation, and universal foundations that can be applied to multiple areas of operation. Specificity of techniques and gear is de-emphasized due to the dynamic nature of SOF personnel.

Most commercial and many military training and education programs exist for the purpose of encoding a specific response to a specific problem, which effectively teaches the student “what to think” instead of “how to think.” We believe that a program of instruction should always focus on encoding principles, requiring performance under unpredictable and varied conditions, resulting in giving the student operational skills that are the result of being shown “how to think” in an asset-depleted dynamic environment.

The world is dynamic and ever changing. Training for the modern domain of friction and violence must incorporate exercises that require participants to think, engage chaos, rapidly problem solve, and perform under varied conditions with varied assets.

Rescue CraftTM is available for unit level evaluation and training. Individuals seeking training should look at the below announcements. Contact for training opportunities will be and

HTC/Rogue Gunfighter Low Vis Demo Day – Tactical Medical Solutions Active Shooter Response Kit

Saturday, October 12th, 2013


Tactical Medical Solutions’ Active Shooter Response Kit allows individuals responding to active shooter situations to render aid and initiate evacuation of multiple causalities without slowing down an assault or clearing process of a structure or incident area.

Contained within the bag are ARK casualty throw kits. These are individually packaged med kits designed to be rapidly distributed to and utilized by uninjured individuals on scene. They contain basic treatment material and simple bi-lingual instruction for providing initial treatment for causalities until a rescue effort arrives. A casualty marker contained within the kit allows responders to quickly identify the injured for treatment.

The bag is not dedicated solely to basic aid, however. Multiple storage compartments allow medics moving with the clearing element not only to distribute throw kits as needed but also to maintain more advanced equipment for treatment of teammates if necessary.

The ARK contains:

– 2x SOF Tactical Tourniquet-W
– 2x Olaes 4” bandage
– 2x Olaes 6” bandage
– 1x Blast bandage
– 7x Cravat
– 2x Splint
– 2x 28F NPA with lube
– 1x Tac Med Surgical Airway Kit with Hook
– 2x 14ga x 3.25” angiocath
– 2x Halo Chest seals (4 Halo Seals)
– 2x Petrolatum Gauze
– 2x 2” surgical tape
– 1x Trauma Shears 7.5”
– 5x Gloves (pairs)
– 1x Helios system with active warming x1
– 5x Tac Med Solutions Combat Casualty Tag x5

The ARK comes standard with 7 throw kits. Each contains:

– 1x SOF Tactical tourniquet-NH
– 1x Control wrap 4”
– 1x Crinkle gauze
– 1x Emergency blanket
– 1x Bi-lingual instruction card
– 1x Casualty marker panel

The ARK kit is available fully stocked or as a stand alone bag. It comes in ACU, Black, Coyote Tan, and MultiCam.

Tac Med Surgical Airway Kit – Hard CaseADS

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The Tac Med Surgical Airway Kit – Hard Case is specifically designed to successfully establish and secure a surgical airway in any environment. Don’t let the “surgical” term in the name fool you into thinking this is intended solely for treatment facilities. Sure, it’s a great kit for clinical use, but it’s real forte is field use. That’s why all of the components are packed into a re-usable hard case that can double as a temporary sharps container or function as a drug box after the kit is used.

The case opens and lays flat creating a work surface while performing the procedure. The kit’s dimensions were based on a standard M-4 magazine pouch, allowing the kit to be stored in a pouch outside of the medics’ bag for rapid access. All components are sterile and ready to use so no time is wasted opening several packages to complete the procedure.

Contents Include:
– Tracheostomy tube (cuffed)
– Tac Med Trach Tool
– 3cc syringe
– Serpent hook
– Alcohol swabs
– Gloves

The full line of Tac Med Solutions products are available for agency and unit purchase through

Slider from TMS ADS

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Slider is an innovative load carrying solution from Tactical Medical Solutions. While TMS specializes in medical gear, their personnel were 18D SF Medics. Consequently, they are no strangers to wearing body armor and the challenges of effectively using the available load carrying real estate on a vest.

The Slider attaches to the side of an armor vest and offers what is essentially a PALS panel that “slides” along a webbing track from rear to front. You store your extra kit in the rear and pull it forward when needed. It’s important to note that it will sit in front of your pouches so it isn’t necessarily something you are going to want to leave there depending on the mission. It was actually originally envisioned for 40mm grenades but works just as well for anything. Medical gear, extra magazines, etc.

Look for an updated video of the latest version of the Slider later this week.

The Slider as well as all TMS products are available for agency purchase from