To all the LEO's around here, thanks for what you do, keep your head's held high, and know there are alot of us out there that still respect and support you all.
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Posted by emBARK on 15 April 2015 - 06:48 PM
Posted by Jersey0311 on 29 May 2014 - 10:46 PM
Below is part of an AAR I sent to Kerry Davis to post on his FB page about the recent save I had w/ his DARK kit. This is the second time I've used it. The rest of it should be up on his FB page within the next few days.
I get dispatched to the bleeding in the supermarket. As an EMS provider in a relatively busy system, I shrug it off. I've been running nonstop all day, and I'm seriously expecting this to be some bullshit patch job.
Oh, how wrong I was. Complacency kills. See a trend here?
I pulled up and saw the panicked look on the store employees faces as they met me outside. I chalked this up to the usual jitters I see everyday. They were making comments which made it sound like it was the end of the world in there, and that it vaguely resembled a crime scene. Again, I shrugged it off.
I rounded the corner to the aisle and see my patient laying on the floor. He's white as a ghost, and I'm looking at what appeared to be anywhere from 350-500cc's of blood on the floor. This is a retarded amount of blood, and on the floor it looks like someone just dumped a bucket of it everywhere. Thank God it wasn't shark week. One of my cop friends is on scene holding pressure on his ankle, unsure of where the actual wound is, because there's that much blood.
Long story short, he was walking in the aisle when he noticed his foot was bleeding. Next thing he knows, he's laying on the floor covered in blood.
Because I had absolutely no idea where the hell this guy was bleeding from, and looking at the sheer amount of blood on the floor, and that I couldn't palpate a radial pulse (very, very bad), he bought the tourniquet. I applied the CAT in his groin, as high up as possible.
Some might ask, why the TQ? It wasn't an arterial bleed!
It's important to note that the blood was dark red in color. Venous bleeding is still deadly. Just because it isn't bright red, and squirting everywhere doesn't mean it's any less dangerous. Oozing venous blood will still kill you, just a bit slower. Any bleeding is bad. Therefore, stopping the bleeding is paramount, especially if you don't know where the hell it's all coming from.
After the TQ was applied (don't forget to annotate time and check the distal pulse!), I used my handy dandy Rip Shears (old version) to cut off the rest of his pants leg, his shoes, and his socks in an attempt to find where he was bleeding from.
After searching for a bit, I found that he was bleeding from an old scab from varicose veins. The izzy bandage from the DARK kit was immediately applied with extreme prejudice.
However, Kerry and I both agreed that it was a small price to pay for the outcome. The guy made it, in no small part due to the DARK kit (that I had with me, hint hint)
Posted by Jersey0311 on 30 August 2014 - 06:07 AM
Just wanted to post an AAR of a week long TCCC/CLS course we just wrapped up for deploying USAF Air Advisors and ARNG personnel.
Long story short, clusterfuck and a half.
A few points I wanted to make
It's just a short list, I'm sure I'll come up with others as times goes on.
A YouTube personality puts it best: The lessons we learn are written on the tombstones of others. The above points are things I've noticed in my personal experience and are points I pass on to every class that rolls through. I have 7, soon to be 8 names on my arm that illustrate the above points, and then some. One of them is personally known to spenceman and myself.
We train to keep names off the wall. We train so that good men and women don't die for nothing. We train so that we can keep one more person from having to pay the ultimate price.
I train because I struggle with survivor's guilt. I train others so that they don't have to suffer with me.
Stay safe everyone.
Posted by DeathwatchDoc on 15 August 2014 - 05:22 PM
A while ago, I started a journey... It was the journey that caused me to find ITS, it was the journey that caused me to change my diet, it was the journey that caused me to take control, and it was the journey that caused me to lose over 80 pounds. I have been working on and around computers from my youngest days, and I had the body of the standard computer user. Flabby and fat. I let it consume me, told myself it was fine because I was a computer person and didn't need to be fast or strong... But I was wrong.
Back then I would have thought nothing of ordering 2 large pizzas to feed 2 people without leftovers, now I won't even eat pizza to begin with. Back then I was winded going up stairs, now I run several times a week and do strength training on my non-run days. Back then I wore XXL shirts and 44 pants, now I wear mediums or larges depending on the cut and 34 pants. Back then I could barely move myself, let alone fight... sure I had the knowledge and tactics... but my body could execute none of them. Now I am a lean and lethal machine, able to faithfully defend myself, my wife, and anyone else.
So what started this dramatic change? I decided to chase a dream I gave up in my teens. I decided I wanted to be a cop. Not because the pay is awesome, but because I (as cliche as it may be) genuinely want to defend and serve the public. I want to make the streets of my city safe at any hour. I want to make a difference. But to make a difference, I had to be different. In two months I lost over 35 pounds towards my goal of being healthy, I started running and working out regularly. It wasn't enough and my body wasn't ready, a week before the once a year tryout for the local police and I was injured while training. Instead of giving up I spent the next year of my life pushing harder than I ever thought I could. I went from 266 to 175, I went from barely walking for an hour to running 20-30 minutes. I went from being unable to climb a 6 foot wall to being able to fly over the wall.
I decided to eat along the Paleo diet (which has helped me reach and maintain a healthy diet) because I needed a starting place for a healthy body. It was sacrifice giving up my favorite foods, but it was worth it to be in control of my diet again. It caused me to be a tougher person, it caused me to sacrifice whatever it took to get where I wanted to be. Years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would give up time gaming to work out... but this is the new me, the real me, the me I always wished I could become.
A year and change later, I am lighter, faster, and stronger. I am running well under the time required by my state for police officer candidates. And it happens again. I was doing one final practice run at the police academy and after never having been injured running, I went down hard (with a bounce). I shredded my skin, sprained my ankle, and shook my confidence in all I have done. I recovered quickly, healing faster than I should be able to, I have clearance to go tomorrow morning and give it a shot.
When I go tomorrow morning, I am at peace. Whatever happens, happens. I am apprehensive about my chances. I would have loved to spend the last weeks training, but instead I have been resting my ankle. I have done all that I can to ensure I am worthy to join whom I wish to soon refer to as MY brothers in blue.
This journey was not a journey to be healthy, this was my journey to fulfill my duty. My duty to my family as their protector and provider, my duty to my God to maintain this temple suitably, and my duty to the department I want so badly to join. I truly think I was ready before the most recent injury and now I must see if I am ready anyway.
I write this from my heart for those of you who may be letting yourself go physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whatever your goal, wherever your life takes you, be prepared so that you can prevail in any situation. It is easier to lose 5 pounds now than 80 pounds down the road. Do not procrastinate your life away as I did for far too long. Remember your duty.
I want to take the time to thank a couple people on this forum... when I first was injured this past time, my morale crumbled. I was all geared to go and do this thing, but now here I am flat on my back. I quickly recovered the correct attitude of recover and dominate, but there was a bit of a hesitation to get back on it. DStevenson and Mangeface both took the time to listen to me and encourage me to get back on it and push through it. They both took the time to listen to where I felt stuck and provide whatever advice or feedback they could on how to break through... more than anything, they kept me moving and they kept my spirits up. Thanks brothers, drinks are on me if you ever get to my area!
I will post the results of my tryout tomorrow, I know this is only the first step in a long process, but this has been the hurdle that has held me back the longest.
Posted by Firewalker on 13 December 2011 - 03:45 PM
Posted by pira114 on 22 April 2015 - 12:37 AM
So, I'm partial to my mustache. Just part of who I am. Or at least was.
It all started with ITS actually. Their Instagram feed to be exact. There was one not too long ago that showed the Lock and Load Java. I had tried this coffee before, but had never bought any. So I went to their website and started perusing. Came across their Coffee for the Troops donation page. If you haven't heard of it, basically, you give them money and they give some unit down range coffee. Simple enough.
But it got me thinking (not always a good thing, but it worked out this time).
With the length of time we've been at war in the Middle East, people seem to have started to wane in their efforts to support the service men and women over there. Not entirely of course. And most decidedly not among like minded people you find here. But in general, the media doesn't make as big a deal of it anymore, and large publicized campaigns to raise money to support them have dwindled. My cold dark heart was warmed a tad to see that a company such as this was still in the fight. Makes perfect sense for them since they are Vet owned and operated.
So, I figured I'd do some donating. Talked it over with my partner (more on her later) and she was on board. Went to work and put out the word to my captive audience. Told about 8 guys that I wanted $5-$10 each for this worthy cause. Also told them to put out the word and set a deadline.
So the deadline was fast approaching and we had about $40. Well, that wasn't gonna work for me. My partner either. So she put out a team wide email basically stating what we were trying to do and reminding everyone that while we enjoy all the creature comforts of life, some youngster deployed is allowing us that luxury. While she has never served in the Armed Forces, she is extremely patriotic and passionate about supporting our troops.
She's also fucking evil.
She's a cute little thing. Sweet smile. Looks all innocent and everything. And as with many women, it's a trap.
So this email she sends out worked. We started getting responses in support of our cause. But that wasn't enough for her. Without my knowledge, she upped the ante. Specifically, she offered up my facial hair. That's right. She put out team wide that if we hit a certain goal, I'd shave it off.
This peaked the interest of our Lt., who has been trying (unsuccessfully I might add) to get me to come within a couple miles of regulation length. For a while. Like a hammerhead shark, my partner smelled blood. Or, rather, money. She begins haggling with our Lt. to get him to offer up more donation money in exchange for my mustache. This is when I find out about it. I try to back out. But it ain't happening. He's starting to rally the team into some serious cash. So we again raise the stakes.
We negotiate a deal that if our entire team can get up to $750 in less than 24 hours, my Sgt and I would both shave them off. I can't say no to that. After all, it really is for a good cause, and we're starting to talk some real money now. I had originally hoped for the top donation package of $250. We've now tripled the goal. I'm all in now. The Sgt is none too happy about this, but he's just a Sgt. We're not worried about him.
Less than 24 hours goes by. I'm starting to have a hard time keeping track of the money. In the end, my cute little Anti-Christ of a partner and I have gathered $1388. So out come the razors. On duty. In front of a crowd all gathered around a breakfast buffet they set up for the event. Yeah, that's really how it went down. I shaved, dried my tears, and had breakfast with some great people. All while counting their money that will soon hopefully give some meat eater some pleasure in knowing we are thinking of him back home.
But there's a problem. English was never my strong subject in high school, and $1388 doesn't fit neatly into the $250 package that Lock and Load Java offers. So I email them and quickly get a response. Enter Lori from Lock and Load. Very nice and genuine person. I can sense that from our short phone conversation. We make plans to send the money. She also is planning to put up the story on the interweb. And wants pics. Hmmmm. Enter my agency PIO. Gotta have permission for this stuff since the pics are of us in uniform and our agency name might get out there. The PIO loves it. We, apparently, have a Facebook page and she wants to do a joint story.
Well, it all sounds cool. It's not like it's a million bucks or something. It's just $1388. A great amount for about 25 people to come up with in under 24 hours, but it's not going to caffeinate the whole Army. Plus, now I'm getting nervous about the message. It's not a story about me and my mustache. It's not even a story about my patriotic, cute, evil partner. It's about the troops. It's about me having coffee whenever I damn well please under the protection of the men and women of our Armed Forces. It's about me being warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while warriors make do with whatever they can that day. And, more importantly, it's about reminding more people about those facts. They're still over there. Still in harms way. Remember them.
So, if this story isn't about me, why am I telling you? Simple. This is a direct challenge bitches. I'm assuming most of you are gainfully employed. Some of you may even have amicable relationships with coworkers. Remember all those deployed and start a small fund raiser type thing. Find a charity. They're out there. Doesn't have to be coffee, that's just how mine started. There are several foundations for the troops, law enforcement, fire fighters, and the families of all those who need our support. Pick one. Make it an annual event (we're planning on that). And even though I never wanted the focus to be on me, or any one person, it did make me feel really good. Some say my heart grew three sizes that day.
So do what ya can and report back. I'd love to hear people's stories of how their fund raising went. Might help each other with ideas to keep interest up.
P.S. No where in my patriotic, cute, evil partner's email did it say I had to KEEP it off. I've been in recovery for about 7 days now and I'm doing well.
Posted by LongHaul on 12 November 2014 - 12:21 AM
Here's my review of the Ultimate Survival Technologies Paracord. I'll be comparing it to the paracord that I normally use. I buy my paracord in 1000 foot spools from US manufacturers that make the "mil spec" cordage, but I don't pay the premium for it being specifically labeled "mil spec." I'll include a picture of some mil spec stuff at the end of my review and explain why I don't pay twice as much for the "good stuff."
Also, for anyone that doesn't like reading. Here's the bottom line up front:
The Ultimate Survival Technologies paracord is fine. I don't like it as much as the stuff I usually use, but it's alright. It's rated to 550 pounds just like my regular stuff and should be fine for any application you'd normally use any brand of paracord for. Oh, and mil spec paracord isn't worth the price in my opinion.
I'll start out by comparing prices:
1000 foot spool: $47 or about $0.05 per foot
UST 30 foot bundle: $4.95 or about $0.17 per foot
The winner here is the spool. To be fair, the UST bundle comes with a carabiner for attaching it to your gear. But it isn't a very good carabiner and I don't think it justifies the price difference.
1000' Spool next to 30 foot bundle
Closeup on the bundle with carabiner
Here are two closeup shots of the seven inner strands from both brands. The UST cordage is on the top in the first picture and on the left in the second. Both brands have the standard 7 strands and both are rated to 550 pounds. I noticed when I cut these sections that the sheath on the UST cord frayed quite a bit more when cut than the sheath on my other paracord did. Hopefully you can see that in the pictures here. It's not a huge deal, but considering that the UST cord feels "squishy" it starts to make me question the durability of the sheath.
Next I tied bowlines into both cords. The dark green paracord that I normally use feels better to tie knots with. It's more supple than the UST cord and doesn't have the stiffness that I noted with the UST cordage. Also, you can see in this picture some pretty significant flattening of the UST cord around the knot. The flattening resulted from the loose/squishy sheath and there are two problems that I see with this. The first problem is that knots will be more difficult to untie after tightening due to the flattening and deforming of the cord as it passes through the knot. The second, and probably more significant, problem is that the UST paracord will probably be weaker than other paracord at the knot as a result of the flattening. All cordage is weakened by knots and the sharper the angle or the more deformation caused by a knot the more the cord is weakened.
Next I did a durability check by using the paracord to cut through zip ties. I used 175 pound breaking strength zip ties, the strongest you typically find at home improvement stores. Sawing through the zip ties with cordage is a common technique for breaking out of this form of illegal restraint. Kevlar cord works a lot better for this, but paracord works fine too, as you'll see.
Ultimate Survival Technologies paracord set up to cut the zip tie
My usual stuff set up to cut the zip tie
Here is the aftermath of cutting through the zip ties. You can see the sheath damage very clearly. From top to bottom this picture shows:
1. Undamaged paracord from my 1000' spool
2. The damaged section from my usual stuff
3. The damaged UST sheath
4. The undamaged UST paracord.
My methods were definitely unscientific, but I tried to keep the pressure the same throughout the test. I noticed more heat and a bit more melting plastic smell when I used the UST cord. It took me 6 sawing motions with the UST cord and 5 sawing movements with my paracord. That's not a significant difference and they both got the job done. You'll notice in the picture that you can still see the weave pretty well on the green paracord, but the UST cord is very flattened and the sheath shows a bit more damage.
Overall I'd say the UST paracord is fine and would work well for most uses. That said, I like my paracord a lot better for the following reasons:
1. It costs less.
2. It's easier to tie knots in.
3. I think that it will retain it's strength better at the knot.
And now, my thoughts on mil spec paracord.
In my opinion mil spec paracord is too expensive for any benefit it provides. It costs nearly twice as much as the commercial paracord. The primary difference between mil spec and commercial paracord is the identifier on one of the inner strands (the light green marker in the 5th strand from the top in the picture below). They also may or may not use a different dye in the sheath and there are some tests required on the mil spec stuff. Due to the increased cost associated with the mil spec requirements the commercial cord that doesn't have the identifier on the inner strand costs less. Both commercial and mil spec cord are rated to 550 pounds and should perform equally well for what most people use paracord for.
Mil spec paracord with the colored identifier visible on the 5th strand from the top.
I hope everyone got something out of that long and rambling paracord discussion. I'll finish up with an incomplete list of the things I use paracord for.
Tent guy lines
Loosening stuck bolts (yep!)
Securing stuff in the bed of my truck
Hanging food in bear country
Bow drill for starting fire
Use it to make a "buzz saw" with a glow stick for signaling
Making ranger pace count beads
Making sweet bracelets to show how prepared I am
Repairing gear (using the inner strands)
Burning my fingers by accident
Escaping illegal restraint (practice only, so far...)
Hanging game meat in the field
Dummy cording my gear
Other random things
Posting long-ass replies to the ITS Tactical forum...
Posted by SteveSOS on 01 September 2014 - 11:01 PM
So all of the main photography has been done... and my article has turned into a 170 page book...
What do you guys think of the photography and all that?
And as promised an extensive (yet condensed) version with pictures will be posted shortly.
Posted by SwatDawg335 on 17 April 2014 - 04:01 PM
I was offered a promotion from Deputy to Investigator today. Pretty excited. I think I'll have celebrate and buy myself a Battle Mug for the new desk.
Posted by CENTCOMSurvivor on 30 September 2013 - 07:24 PM
Posted by mikejulietpapa on 31 January 2015 - 03:53 PM
It's been a long time but the ball is finally rolling and it can't be stopped. I'm super excited and can't wait to get this beast up and running.
Posted by Jersey0311 on 01 December 2014 - 10:42 PM
Fuck to the no. Be an Oathkeeper in principle, not on paper. Nothing is worth the risk to your clearance.
Posted by Jersey0311 on 17 August 2014 - 09:36 PM
+1. We definitely cannot be a white supremacist group because I'm not white! I'm a really, really nice tan color that most white folks actually envy.
LOL problem solved folks, let's keep it moving along now.
Posted by spenceman on 13 January 2014 - 05:37 PM
SwatDawg, I was browsing another forum and a woman preparing for a GORUCK said that her husband just bought her a 3DAP. She says it was a really sweet gesture but she hates the pack with a passion and may divorce him over it. I don't know if it's just a coincidence or if it was your wife posting, but I'm concerned for you. Please send me her pack just to be on the safe side.
Posted by AaronK on 05 December 2014 - 06:58 PM
Posted by PsychoFish on 01 December 2014 - 07:29 PM
Just go wide'ass open enjoying the gift of being alive everyday. Your more likely to die from cancer or vehicle accident later today, next week, or some years away. Drink beer, get laid, and exercise. I never did understand why people worry about tomorrow if they are not vibriantly alive today.
Let me to put this into a different perspective for you for sake of argument though.
I worked with a guy, great guy, but was a bit of a prepper. Not a full on dooms day prepper, but he had rain barrels, and stores of food, ammo, and what not. What he would do (I later found out) was every time he went to the store, he would buy a few extra cans of food, and or a box of ammo. If he didn't have the money, he didn't do it. This was an every time thing, no matter what. Flash forward a few years and this guy had a VERY nice impressive basement of food, ammo, and suppies! His wife ended up getting really sick and they didn't know why, he took a leave from work, and during this leave, she was diagnosed with and died of some kind of brain tumor, she went quick towards the end. It messed him and the kids up obviously. Later that same year he was injured on the job in an auto accident. Since it was on the job he was getting workers comp, but its not a full check. That reserve of canned goods and ammo he had, litterally saved his ass! He was able to spend the money was still getting for clothes for the kids, gas, etc, and had the majority of the food needed to feed his family and only had to spend very little to get some meat or eggs or what ever. I woud swing by once in a while to check in on them, and I was really impressed on how they were doing! When I had my knee surgery and was out for about a year, I barely made it and had moved back in with family and was pretty much only supporting myself with my workers comp checks and here he was thriving.
So what I'm getting at is this, is it crazy to prep, perhaps. Is it crazy to have a basement full of food and goods you could potentially use or sell off to supliment your income should you need to in a time that you are having a personal SHTF?? I think that in itself is a much more realistic scenario and a pretty rescponsible thing to do! Whats the worse thats gonna happen? You end up using them food or shooting the ammo eventually?
Posted by PsychoFish on 01 December 2014 - 01:38 AM
Posted by DeathwatchDoc on 26 November 2014 - 05:35 AM
Posted by stoddy9311 on 23 October 2014 - 02:24 PM
Went to buy some shotgun shells......came back with 880 rounds of 762x54r, mossie and a tokarev............wife is gonna kill me haha