COUNTER NARCOTICS AND TERRORISM OPERATIONAL MEDICAL SUPPORT
The Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) Program was started in 1990 to meet the need for specialized medical training to support law enforcement special operations. EMT-Tactical (EMT-T), the cornerstone of the program, is a one-week, 56-hour continuing education module for medical personnel supporting special response teams.
enforcement remains a dangerous occupation. A total of 1559 law enforcement
officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average
of one death every 56 hours or 156 per year. There were 127 law enforcement
officers killed in 2012. On average, more than 58,000 law enforcement
officers are assaulted each year, resulting in over 17,000 injuries.
Our own data suggests that SWAT Team members are at high risk for
injury, sustaining a casualty rate as high as 9 per 1000 officer-missions.
The goals of the CONTOMS Program are to offer a nationally standardized curriculum, certification process and quality improvement procedure to meet the needs of those EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who operate as part of a law enforcement team. Additionally, the program tracks data to assure that the educational efforts is evidence-based, so that it meets the dynamic needs of the law enforcement and EMS communities. Finally, the program faculty is available for consultation to Federal, state and local agencies to help meet immediate requirements, solve urgent problems or conduct needs assessments.