Combat Lifesaver/First Responded Course(CLS/FR)

Combat Lifesaver Course is a bridge between the self-aid/buddy-aid (first aid) training given to all Soldiers during basic training and the medical training given to the combat medic. The Combat Lifesaver is a nonmedical Soldier who provides lifesaving measures as a secondary mission as his/her primary (combat) mission allows. The Combat Lifesaver may also assist the EMT in providing care and preparing casualties for evacuation when the Combat Lifesaver has no other combat duties to perform. The course consists of 40 hours of both didactic and practical training. The Soldiers will be expected to pass both a 40 question written test, as well as a practical evaluation. After successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Tasks include

  • CPR
  • Perform a TCCC patient assessment
  • Triage casualties
  • Control bleeding using a tourniquet, hemostatic device, and dressings
  • Initiate treatment for hypovolemic shock & prevent hypothermia
  • Treat a penetrating chest wound
  • Perform needle chest decompression
  • Treat an open abdominal wound
  • Treat a casualty with an open head injury
  • Immobilize a suspected fracture of the arm
  • Treat eye lacerations/contusions/extrusions

Medical and Casualty Evacuation Tasks

  • Evacuate a casualty using a and litter carries
  • Evacuate casualties using one- or two-person carries or drags
  • Extricate a casualty from a vehicle
  • Ground evacuation platform, and two nonstandard vehicles

Prepare and Transmit a MEDEVAC request (All 9 lines)