Industry News – 01/14/18

Interested in expanding your skills and knowledge?

The SOARescue Tactical Medical Practitioner Course is designed for the advanced provider who is interested in expanding their clinical knowledge and capability. There are several upcoming TMP courses.

The flagship TMP course is approved through the International Board of Specialty Certification and Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification as a preparation and refresher course for TP-C and FP-C.

Date: 22-26 Jan 2018

Location: Charlotte, NC


Extended Austere Provider

Are you prepared to treat a patient in the wilderness?

The SOARescue Extended Austere Provider Course is designed to teach students the concepts of providing prolonged out-of-hospital care in the austere environment. This unique car setting special judgement and skills not taught in standard EMT and Paramedic curriculum.

Our flagship EAP course provides a new level of training that has otherwise not been available outside of the special operations community. By taking special operations medical providers, wilderness physicians, tactical medics and critical care providers we ensure the experience is like no other. You will leave the EAP program having gained knowledge and tools to care for a patient when definitive care may be days away.

Date: 19-23 Feb 2018

Location: Florence Regional Airport, Florence, SC 29501

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Do you have the skills to save someone’s life?

The Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield. SOAR conducts TCCC courses under the auspices of the PHTLS program, the recognized world leader in prehospital trauma education.

SOAR’s TCCC courses are taught by very experienced, well trained subject matter experts. To support course sites, instructors and students, NAEMT, the parent organization of TCCC, maintains a network of tactical affiliate faculty both in the U.S. and internationally, and staff at its Headquarters Office. Course administration is streamlined and cost-effective.

Date: 3/4 Feb 2018

Location: Charlotte, NC

More information on these courses can be found at

Ed Smith Retires From VT Hackney 
Neal Dixon Promoted to Lead EV Division

Ed Smith, Director of the Emergency Vehicles Division at VT Hackney, retired Dec. 31, 2017. Smith began his career with VT Hackney in 1994 where he has been instrumental in growing the EV business from a relative unknown in the fire industry to being recognized as America’s Rescue Leader.

“I look back with fond memories of days after introduction of the first Hackney recessed roof bodies shown at national trade shows in the late 90’s. That is when our team would hear statements like, ‘Wow that sure doesn’t look like a beer truck.’ I knew right then we had crossed the threshold of acceptance of a conventional beverage body as a revered fire apparatus.”

Neal Dixon has been named General Manager of the Emergency Vehicles Division and will take over leadership responsibilities. Dixon has also been with the Emergency Vehicles Division since 1994 where he began his career out of college as a Product Designer.

“I look forward to continuing the success we have achieved under Ed’s leadership,” says Dixon. “We have a great team and we will continue to push the product into the future as the industry evolves.”

Ed plans to retire to Ocala, Florida where he lived previously, to enjoy outdoor activities, nearby family, and reconnect with the church he served with 25 years ago.

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