Medical

Viral Travel Tips

From a friend and student in the corporate world regarding the Coronavirus presently in the news: "Some of us have no choice but to be on the road at this point. The new Coronavirus hasn't spread far enough or wide enough for we in business to simply choose to stay home. When I used to [...]

By |2020-01-28T03:10:30+00:00January 28th, 2020|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical|0 Comments

Do Something! – by Matt Ellison

After each mass shooting the politicians and activists on both sides begin to recite their talking points and promoting their agendas. And, as they fight it out to the same familiar stalemate, the public outcry remains a simple mantra: “Do Something!” I could not agree more; we must Do Something! However, relying on a group, [...]

Equipment Recommendations

We are often asked for our recommendations on carry gear and accessories - below is a current list of what we consider serviceable for serious purposes, as of 4/19/19 We make nothing from any of these brands, nor do we “endorse” products. Our opinions can, and do change, on a regular basis, and what we [...]

Mass Casualty Response – Beyond Las Vegas

"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age" - Colin Powell On August 3rd, 2017, two Fortress Staff Instructors and myself attended a seminar titled Preparedness for, and Response to, Urban Mass-Casualty Incidents, presented by IDF Reserve Colonel, Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD. [Click the link and check out his credentials.] For two hours the [...]

Student IBD Usage

Precaution is better than cure. ~Edward Coke A student contacted us today regarding an IBD (Israeli Battle Dressing) usage during a recent vacation. Apparently he and his wife were enjoying a short trip out-of-town and decided to take a walk to do some sightseeing.His wife, wearing sandals, ended up with a laceration on the sole [...]

Requesting Medical Attention After a Defensive Shooting

"Self-preservation is the first law of nature" - Samuel Butler For decades there has been controversy in the defense community with regard to the notion of asking for medical aid when one is involved in a shooting. In the category of 'Defensive gun use wives tails' there has been everything from "fake a heart attack" [...]

French Attack: Medical Lessons

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay Recent terrorist attacks in France resulted in 129 dead and 352 wounded. As of today it’s being reported that 45 of the victims are still in intensive care. Emergency management personnel across the US are routinely brainstorming scenarios in an attempt [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:24+00:00November 20th, 2015|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical|0 Comments

When You Least Expect It, You’re Elected!

"Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster" - Jim Wallis   Last night a young man put his car into the ditch in front of me striking a phone pole head on. His airbag saved him. Being that we were in a rural area, it took 10 minutes for EMS to [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:25+00:00November 17th, 2015|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Medical, police, Training|0 Comments

Recent Lessons From Israel

“The Hamas organization is explicitly dedicated to the destruction of Israel. That is not a rhetorical gimmick; it is its declared unwavering primary goal.” - James Howard Kunstler   Yesterday Hamas declared “a day of rage” in Israel, engaging in coordinated attacks on the civilian population. One occurred on a public bus, where two attackers [...]

By |2019-02-07T10:11:27+00:00October 14th, 2015|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Medical|0 Comments

PTSD and the Armed Citizen by Matt Ellison

  I recently attended a one-day law enforcement seminar presented by The Department of Homeland Security. Topics ran from potential terrorist attacks to school security – however, I found the most personally relevant and informative subject to be the discussion of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) I must admit that I’ve been ignorant of PTSD [...]