First Responder: Taking Lives and Saving Lives

"If it’s not attached to your body when you roll out of your cruiser you probably won’t have it when you need it most." I wish I could remember exactly which instructor it was who said that so I could offer him credit.

A quick Google search of the term “edc med kit” turned up a few items.  ITS Tactical has an EDC Kit that contains Gauze, a Tourniquet, and Non-latex Gloves in a vacuum sealed pack .  The Pocket Life-Saver from SOTG Gear contains a Tourniquet, Gauze, an NPA, and 3 foot mini-roll of Duct Tape in a vacuum sealed pouch.  Some of the other gear we found was nice but was more “boo-boo kit” than life-saver.

Going back to my academy instructor’s advice, if you don’t have it on you when you roll out, you probably won’t have it when you need it.   Do you have some type of minimalist, pocket-sized kit to apply an immediate stop-gap to a life-threatening wound?  Buying gear doesn’t give you the skill.  However, once you have the skill, do you have the gear available to make use of it?   The choice is up to you.


About the Author

Mr. Markel has been a firearms industry writer for twenty years and currently hosts and produces “Student of the Gun” a television show dedicated to education, experience and the enjoyment of firearms.  Episodes of Student of the Gun can be viewed by simply going to and clicking the “play” icon.


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