CTOMS™ GSW Treatment Course

June 30th, 2013

Cost: $200

This course is opened to anyone.

This course teaches effective, pre-hospital gunshot wound treatment. It has been designed specifically for hunters and recreational shooters to better prepare for accidents in the field or on the range.

If you enjoy firearms for hunting or recreation and have never taken gun shot wound treatment training, you should take this course!

The course is being taught by CTOMS of Edmonton, AB (ctoms.ca). Both instructors have experience as Canadian Forces medics and currently provide training to multiple government and law enforcement agencies for firearm related first aid.
The focus is on gunshot wound treatment, particularly massive haemorrhaging (bleeding) by using gauze, compression and if necessary tourniquets
Registration is $200 and includes a tourniquet and an olaes bandage (elastic compression + gauze combo) to use for training and take home. There will be additional supplies available at discount as well (anything on ctoms.ca website).

I already have a first aid kit, why should I take this course?

It is very important for you to not only have some basic medical supplies, but also to train with your equipment!

"When I was in the military I didn’t open a bandage once for training, then come time to use it, it was the first time I had ever seen it."

- Chris, CTOMS Instructor

I see it all the time, guys at the range who went out and bought some expensive quickclot gauze and other supplies, but have zero training to back it up.

First aid skills are not the type of thing you should "learn on the job". When seconds count, you need to know how to use the tools you have so that you can apply them quickly. The only way you can be confident in your skills is to train with your equipment.

"Most people don’t have dedicated ‘training’ gear, so they just don’t train."

- Chris, CTOMS Instructor

CTOMS was founded by guys with real world experience in the field. They know the importance of training over equipment, and if you have equipment, training for that equipment. In this course we won't just sit in the class room, you will be applying tourniquets and hemorrhage control bandages to your buddies!

Do I get a certificate or designation?

No. This course is not a replacement for regular St John's ambulance first aid. You will not receive a CPR designation and probably can't ask for a raise at work. This course is specifically focused on gun shot wound treatment and hemorrhage control which are not addressed in your basic first aid training. These two courses would supplement each other and not duplicate training. We still recommend you take the good old fashioned St John's ambulance basic first aid as good life skill training!

How do I sign up?

You can RSVP Ben or Jon via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The official registration will be at our next Tacrifle match on May 26th. You will need to provide a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your space when you register. CTOMS will be ordering a bunch of supplies for us, booking transportation and hotel rooms, so this has to be non-refundable.

If you are not coming to the TacRifle match, email us and we can arrange an alternative. Jon and Ben often attend other shooting events around the lower mainland.