Training and Tech - Dana Vilander - Tactical Medics & Rope Work in Modern Law Enforcement
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My guest today is Dana Vilander.  Dana spent 32 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with 26 of those years spent with the elite Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).  In his time at SEB, Dana worked as a K-9, a SWAT operator, and spent 18 years as a tactical paramedic, diver, crew chief, and hoist operator with the Emergency Services Detail.  Because of his extensive and unique experience, Dana has taught TEMS/TCCC/tactical medicine, vertical access, ropes, and rural operations to elite tactical units all over the world. 


1:31 – Dana’s Career Path 

5:25 – LASD SEB - Emergency Services Detail 

10:35 – The History of TEMS/TCCC 

13:20 – The Military Research That Gave Rise to TCCC 

18:12 – The Origins of Tourniquet Use 

22:01 – Law Enforcement’s Beginnings with TCCC 

24:20 – How to Build and Maintain a TCCC Capability 

29:00 – IFAK Configuration 

32:06 – Controlling Massive Hemorrhaging 

37:34 – Team Based Medical Supplies & Mass Casualty Bags 

41:00 – Making TCCC Training Realistic 

44:35 – The Beginnings of Tactical Ropes Work 

47:50 – Using Cadres to Maintain Domains of Knowledge 

49:05 – Why Teams Need a Tactical Ropes Program 

52:00 – Dana’s Gear Recommendations for Teams 

Books Recommended 

Leadership and Training for the Fight – Paul R Howe – ISBN 978-1420889505 

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior -  Colonel David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman – ISBN 978-0671695347 

Ranger Dawn: The American Ranger from the Colonial Era to the Mexican War – Robert W. Black – ISBN 9780811736008 

Contact Info 

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