Jennifer has been in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) since 1994. She has held First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications and since 2002 is a Washington State and nationally certified Paramedic. She is a Washington State Basic Life Support (BLS) evaluator, Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor and Bleeding Control (BCON) Instructor. During her EMS career Jennifer has held positions as shift supervisor, Command Staff Medic and Advance Life Support Training Coordinator. She is also a member of the Special Operations Medical Association, Washington State Tactical Officers Association and The National Tactical Officer’s Association.
Jennifer has served on the Chelan County Regional SWAT Team since 2004-2016 as a Commissioned Tactical Medic. She received her tactical medical training at the International School of Tactical Medicine. Jennifer was voted and honored as Operator of the Year in 2009 by the members of the Chelan County Regional SWAT Team. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship to the National Tactical Officer’s Association Conference, one of 15 in the nation.
Jennifer is the owner and Lead Instructor of Combat First Aid which was created in 2010 after a local law enforcement agency asked her to develop and teach a curriculum to patrol officers on how to administer self-care and partner care if critically injured. Having already developed and taught a similar curriculum to her SWAT team members Jennifer was eager to take on the challenge. Drawing on the principles from the military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care protocols Jenn was able to create efficient, effective, usable and teachable field care concepts. As a result, Combat First Aid was born.
As Lead Instructor for Combat First Aid, Jenn teaches the patrol officer how to administer lifesaving treatment to themselves, a fellow officer or a citizen who has sustained a life-threatening injury. The three preventable causes of combat death, as well as the treatment for each, are covered extensively throughout the course. Jenn has taken the TCCC curriculum, which is specific to the military and has adapted the training so it is relevant to the patrol officer/SWAT operator and non-medical first responders. The concept of COMBAT FIRST and then AID is reinforced throughout the course of instruction.
Combat First Aid has gained popularity over the last several years, mostly by word of mouth. Jennifer together with her medical and law enforcement instructors have trained over 3,000 Officers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada. To date we have confirmed that graduates of Combat First Aid have used the training that they received in the class to save lives in the field. These have included both civilian and suspect casualties with injuries ranging from severe accidental extremity wounds to officer delivered rifle fire.