Gunfight Trauma Care

Medical Aid During and After the Fight Presented by Ross Francis   $450

Gunfight Trauma Care combines the latest trauma medical care with the stressful elements found during violent encounters.  Students will be put into stressful situations where they must perform life-saving skills as well as protecting themselves and others throughout the engagement.

Subjects covered:

  • Providing self and buddy aid
  • Stopping massive bleeding
  • Controlling a victim’s airway, breathing and other life-threatening injuries
  • Firearm manipulation while injured
  • Single-handed reloading and refunctioning
  • Team tactics while treating injured persons
  • Patient movement and interfacing with Emergency Services personnel

What to Expect

On Day One

Students will get their medical training equipment issued then head straight to the range. Students will have the chance to ‘warm-up” with both their handguns and rifles, as well as confirming zero on their rifles as needed.  Students will progress from uninjured handgun/rifle manipulation to one-handed, then “injured” one-handed manipulation.  Tourniquets and other “care under fire” techniques will be introduced during this time.  After lunch, students will be in the classroom to discuss and practice buddy aid and movement while under fire.  Day one will finish on the range integrating self and buddy aid while under fire and moving victims to cover, all while maintaining situational awareness of the surroundings and threats.

Day Two

We begin in the classroom, getting deeper into discussions and practical applications of medical care once the threat is neutralized and more time can be spent on aid. Students will be given various scenarios where they must assess and properly treat each patient.  After lunch students will culminate the past day and a half’s lessons with live fire scenarios integrating all they’ve covered, from initial care under fire to neutralizing any and all threats, moving victims as needed and providing aid, both individually and as a team.

Required Items:

Comfortable Shoes (good for running/carrying weight)
Eye/Ear Protection
Carbine with minimum 3 magazines (plus any accessories; sling, suppressor, light, etc.)
450-500 Rounds for Carbine
Handgun with minimum 2 magazines and holster (same as above for accessories)
350-400 Rounds for Handgun
Carriage System for Magazines/Gear (“low profile,” “battle belts,” chest rigs, plate carriers are all acceptable)
Med Kit (minimum 1 tourniquet, 1 regular rolled or vacuum-sealed gauze, 1 bandage, 1 pack of chest seals.  The listed items are for emergencies only, you will be provided with training medical equipment as well)
Pen (1 ink/1 marker) and Paper

Recommended Items:

Long Sleeve Shirt/Pants
Elbow/Knee Pads
Shooting Gloves
Hat and/or Helmet (Helmets are not required but are highly recommend if your duties include wearing helmets and armor regularly)
Armor (see above)
Extra Med Kit Items (tourniquet(s), hemostatic and regular gauze, bandages, nasopharyngeal airway, chest decompression needle, space blanket, “boo boo kit” items: bandaids, hand sanitizer, various OTC medications, etc

About the Instructor


Ross Francis served as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman with a Marine Corps infantry battalion and was the Program Director for the Emergency Medical Services courses (EMT, CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Emergency Vehicle Operator) at Naval Hospital, Okinawa. He attended Paramedic school at Crafton Hills College and works civilian EMS running 911 calls. Ross worked for Triple Canopy and Global Integrated Security in Iraq and Afghanistan as a protective detail member and medic. Ross is an NRA rifle and pistol instructor and the chief instructor with Dark Angel Medical and holds National, CO and CA State Paramedic licenses.


Note: This course is informational only and does not give medical certification or licensure.