Direct Action Response Training - Grand Rapids, MI - 12-13 Nov 2016

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Sat/Sun 12-13 Nov, 2016

Caledonia Sportsman Club
10721 Coldwater Ave SE
Alto, MI 49302

**There is a $30 site fee payable at the time of class**

**For the LIVE FIRE portion of this class on Monday Nov 14, register at **

TIME: 0830-1730 DAILY

Erik Utrecht
PH 605-646-2431


The time to learn to use your personal trauma kit is not when you or someone else is bleeding out!!! When life expectancy is measured in seconds and help is minutes away, will you know what to do? In our uncertain lives, that is a question that we all need to be able to answer a resounding, “Yes!” to. Dark Angel Medical, LLC, is proud to offer training and instruction in the use of the D.A.R.K. The Direct Action Response Training** fills a niche between military self-aid/buddy care training and civilian EMS training and is geared towards those with little to no medical training or background. It provides the student with critical, need-to-know information, which can be utilized in a myriad of situations and stresses the ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ principle as well as our own principle of “Simplicity Under Stress”. The course is 2 days in length with a total of 16 hours of classroom work to include slide presentations, videos, question and answer sessions and hands-on practical skills application. A manual and all training aids will be provided. A D.A.R.K. (Direct Action Response Kit) may also be provided to each student as part of the tuition. Cost of the course (2 days instruction plus the D.A.R.K.—a $164.95 value) is $515.00 per person. ***THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO LIVE FIRE DAY OPTION ONLY--MEDICAL PORTION IS OPEN TO ANYONE*** This class has an Intermediate Level Firearms Manipulation portion for day 3, which is strictly optional . The prospective student WILL contact the host prior to registering for class for vetting of previous training. Once password is received, registrant will then enter that passcode in the special instructions field during checkout.***



The course covers the following:

  • Physiological and Psychological reactions to environmental stress
  • The importance of having the proper Combat Mindset
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology of life-sustaining systems
  • H, A, B, C’s—Hemorrhage, Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  • Breakdown and usage of Individual Med Kit components
  • Proper stowage and employment of the IMK
  • Hands-on application of the IMK
  • Basic and Advanced Airway management -treating and monitoring tension pneumothorax, sucking chest wound and flail chest
  • Airway adjunct device placement-Nasopharyngeal Airway
  • Basic First Aid and Advanced wound care
  • Application of Bandages and Hemostatic Agents
  • Application of tourniquets
  • Recognition and Treatment of various injuries (Gunshot, Laceration, Burn, Airway, Head, Orthopedic, Environmental)
  • Recognition and treatment of hypovolemic (hemorrhagic) shock
  • Moving and positioning victims with various injuries
  • Response to active shooter situation
  • Proper use of cover and cover vs. concealment
  • Casualty recovery in an Active Shooter situation
  • Mass casualty triage procedure
  • Emergency Medical Dialect/Lingo (911 protocol, cooperation with LE, Fire and EMS and First Responders)


  • Note pad and pen/pencil/Sharpie
  • Individual First Aid Kit—If you choose to. All training materials are provided.
  • An open mind

    **Note: The Direct Action Response Training offers no formal certification. It is informational only.


**For the LIVE FIRE portion of this class on Monday Nov 14, register at **
The third day on the range will consist of:
-Basic weapon manipulation
-Movement Drills
-Barricade Work
-Single Hand manipulation
--Dominant and Non-dominant hands
-Tourniquet Drills
--Individual (Dominant and non-dominant hands)
--Partner drills
Training in the AM will be pistol only.
Training in the PM will be carbine only. (pistols need to be worn in the event of a transition drill)
Ammo requirements: 300 rounds pistol/300 rounds carbine
Equipment requirements:
  • Notepad with pen/pencil/Sharpie
  • Clothing suited to strenuous activity and seasonally appropriate
  • Footwear suited for rapid movement and turning
  • Earmuffs (electronic preferred)
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Hat with brim
  • Primary weapon sling, single point or a good system that allows flexibility for transitions and non-dominant side weapon manipulations
  • A rig that can carry a minimum of three primary magazines on your person
  • Functioning secondary weapons system and three working magazines
  • A holster and magazine pouch that will retain your equipment when moving
  • Weapon tools and lube
  • Hydration system
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Optics with necessary adjustment tools and spare batteries (If you prefer to shoot irons, that's cool, too)
  • Gloves, knee and elbow pads (optional, but knee pads are recommended)
  • An open mind

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