On October 1, 2017, Air Force Staff Sergeant Alyson Venegas, Senior Airman Logan Bennett, and Senior Airman Linda Wilson were enjoying a country music concert in Las Vegas, when a madman began shooting into the concert crowd from the window of a hotel. Trapped in the kill zone with insufficient medical supplies, those courageous airmen improvised bandages and tourniquets from t-shirts and other readily available clothing items.

Our students have been practicing how to do that for years.

“You could have the finest, most expensive first aid kit in the world,” says our lead instructor, George H, “but if it’s not within arms’ reach when you need it, it might as well be on Mars.” Even if you do have access to medical gear, the most advanced bandages, tourniquets, nasal airways, and chest seals are useless without realistic, quality training in how and when to use them.

Leadership under fire

One resource you may have in abundance after an accident or killing spree is bystander hands. They will likely be willing to help, but hesitant due to lack of confidence or fear of the unknown. Be their guide and teacher. Give them a MISSION they can look back on in the years that follow. When they see themselves in the mirror, they will be able to say, “I did what I could do.”

Our training will teach you how to be a leader, even if you are not a medic, nurse or doctor. You will be saving lives at the scene, and psyches afterwards.

If you are already a medical professional, we can teach you how to ply your trade in kinetic environments. “Is the scene safe?” is supposed to be the first question a medic asks before approaching the wounded. How did that work out for those airmen in Las Vegas?

Picture this: you’re dispatched to a gang-related shooting. As you treat the patient, a member of the opposing gang sticks a pistol in your face and says, “Let him die. I shot him for a reason . . ..”

Our lead instructor is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), and a registered Arizona Emergency Medical Care Technician (EMCT). He is a National Association of EMTs certified Tactical Emergency Casualty Care instructor. A former 7-level military flight medic and law enforcement tactical medic, George taught American Heart Association (AHA) BLSCPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid for the Military Training Network of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the Red Cross, and the US government. He was also a military Self-Aid and Buddy Care instructor.

Heloderma Medical, a division of Heloderm LLC, is an ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) authorized training center. ASHI is a CPR and First Aid teaching and accrediting organization, using the same 2015 guidelines as AHA and Red Cross. ASHI programs we can certify you in include:

Advanced Bleeding Control

Advanced First Aid

Basic First Aid

Basic Life Support (BLS, CPR for Healthcare Providers & First Responders)

Bloodborne Pathogens

CPR / Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Child and Babysitting Safety

Emergency Medical Response

Emergency Oxygen Administration

Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED

Wilderness First Aid

We teach ASHI courses to meet and exceed the ASHI standards for content and presentation, but we also tailor each class to the individual needs of the students. We find that in adult education, scenario  based, hands-on practice produces better outcomes than endless lectures. Let us know what you are looking for and we will customize a course just for you.

American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed

As part of our community outreach to reduce mortality from senseless killing sprees, Heloderma Medical will add a 2-hour block of instruction on bleeding control (ACS BCon 2.0) to any other medical class you take, without any additional charge. You will receive an additional certificate from the American College of Surgeons certifying that you have been trained to apply tourniquets and pack wounds.