The Annual Meeting of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care will be held on Monday, Mya 6 (0800 to 1700) 2019 in Charlotte, NC. This meeting will be held in conjuction with the SOMA Scientic Assembly and Exhibition. The specific location along with the agenda, directions, RSVP information, and pertinent logistics for the meeting will be forthcoming and posted to our website at If you have a specific topic you would like to hear about please email our Executive Director, Sarah Kessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The 2018 annual ALERRT conference at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas will be different from years past in several exciting ways.  Aside from the change in conference location, physician stakeholders working in the fields of emergency medicine, trauma surgery, anesthesia, blood bank, critical care and blood collection center directors will join law enforcement, fire services, EMS, emergency communications and emergency management for the first time. 

The 2018 ALERRT meeting has two objectives. The first is to create an atmosphere that continues to build on an emerging culture defined by a shared consciousness, effective communication and trust among professional disciplines involved in responding to, and recovering from, a critical or mass casualty incident.  Interoperability among all stakeholders is vital to effectively respond to increasing complexity and time constraints that will define future threats. Second, is to empower these professionals to more effectively serve their communities because of the valuable lessons learned from the conference.

In addition to educational tracks for police, fire and EMS, a distinct hospital physician conference will be offered.  It will address the physiology and resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock, the historical background of whole blood, its advantages over a 1:1:1 resuscitation strategy as well as the challenges of implementing a whole blood program.

On day two, speakers will discuss how organizations can create systems capable of adaptive learning during periods of chaos and complexity using examples from the Dallas Ebola experience as well as the Las Vegas shooting. Finally, will examine current civilian Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) response models to assess where opportunities for improvement may exist.


ALERRT Information Brief

ALERRT Agenda Page 1

ALERRT Agenda Page 2

The Mid-Year Meeting of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care has been scheduled for Monday, December 3 (0800 to 1700) and Tuesday, December 4 (0800 to 1200) in Washington, DC.  The specific location along with the agenda, directions, and pertinent logistics for the meeting will be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience.  

Sarah Kessler is an experienced program manager specializing in crisis  and emergency management programs.  She has managed numerous projects and programs around the globe and locally in the National Capital Region. Mrs. Kessler is a skilled trainer, and exercise expert, having planned dozens of crisis management exercises from Lagos, Nigeria to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Mrs. Kessler was essential in developing and conducting crisis and emergency management trainings including Until Help Arrives and Personnel Recovery Management Training. 

She currently serves as a Deputy Coordinator with Arlington County, and manages the ongoing readiness and exercise training program of County-wide emergency services personnel and will develop, coordinate, plan and evaluate effective training programs and drills in conjunction with neighboring jurisdictions, ensuring effective communication and response between neighboring jurisdictions and County agencies in an emergency situation. Sarah also currently volunteers her time as the Executive Director of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). She is charged with providing leadership and management of the Committee to include future planning, fundraising, and communications.

Previously she served as an Associate with The Olson Group Ltd. and supported various exercises and planning initiatives in the National Capital Region. Drawing from her tenure at the Department of State’s Bureaus of Diplomatic Security and Consular Affairs, the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, and other private sector organizations, Mrs. Kessler brings a wide range of experience in crisis management and response, public-private partnerships, and strategic planning. 

At the Department of State, she led the outreach and engagement efforts to manage public-private partnerships on a global scale, helping private sector organizations overseas respond to crises by providing crisis management training and ensuring the continued flow of information and open communication.  Mrs. Kessler served on several U.S. government Task Forces, to include Libya, Egypt, Japan, and New Zealand.
C-TECC Annual Meeting for 2018

Charlotte Westin Conference Room Providence 3

Monday, May 14, 2018

0730-0800   Sign-in

0800-0820   Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions

0820-0840   Board of Directors update

0840-0900   Best Practice: Virginia Hospital Center, Abby Wintrow, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN Virginia Hospital Center, Clinical Manager

0900-1000   Updates on TECC-related Programs

1000-1015     Break

1015-1045     Updates on TECC-related Grants

1045-1145    TECC related research

1145-1300     Lunch Break 

1300-1330  The Tactical Medic’s Approach to the Poisoned & Traumatically Injured Casualty, Devin DeFeo 18D, FP-C, NREMT-P

1330-1400     Hypocalcemia and the Lethal Triad, SGT Ditzel Ricky M Jr CCP-C, FP-C, TP-C, SO-ATP

1400-1430   Update on Freeze Dried plasma - Discussion only

1430-1445      Break

1445-1545   International TECC programs, Mark Anderson

1545-1645   Working Group Updates

1645-1730   Open Guidelines discussion

1730              Adjourn
A quick update on our upcoming full Committee meeting at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific. Once again, the meeting is scheduled for Monday May 14th from 0800 - 1700 located in Providence Ballroom 3 on the first floor of the Westin Hotel next to the Charlotte Conference Center.

We are working on a social event for Monday night so don’t make any plans yet!

Here is the draft agenda for the meeting so far (no times assigned yet):

-          Board of Directors update

-          Executive Director position

-          International: Australian Tactical Medicine Association

-          Improving Survivability: Analysis of Pulse Autopsies

-          Best Practice: TECC for First Receivers, Virginia Hospital Center

-          NTOA RTF course update

-          Arlington County CCTA grant first responders resource library

-          NFPA 3000 update

-          CBRNE discussion (McKay)

-          Civilian Freeze Dried Plasma

-          Hypocalcemia and the lethal triad

-          Open Guidelines Discussion

Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Kudos to Dr. Josh Bobko, one of our plank holder members of the Guidelines Committee. He is the lead author on a great article detailing the shooting in San Bernardino and lessons learned.

Full Article (Click here)

We are finalizing logistics for the upcoming full Committee meeting at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly in Charlotte, NC. The date of our meeting is Monday May 14th from 0800 - 1700 located in Providence Ballroom 3 on the first floor of the Westin Hotel next to the Charlotte Conference Center.

As always, we appreciate the support of SOMSA for hosting our meeting. Don't forget to book your hotel room either - these will fill up quickly.

SOMSA Hotel Link (Click here)
The Fall C-TECC meeting will hosted by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department and be held in Rancho Cucamonga this December 4th full day and December 5th half day. The preferred airport to use is Ontario international airport (ONT) as it is both 10-15 minutes from the meeting and hotel. If you must use another airport plan on LAX being about 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on traffic and Burbank being 1 to 1.5 hours depending on traffic as well. 

We have secured a group discount at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Ontario/ Rancho Cucamonga. It is 1 mile from the meeting location. Please reserve your room under the C-TECC block at $95 per night plus 12% tax. 

11960 E Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 201-6100

The meeting will be held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural center in Rancho Cucamonga. 
12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739