Paramedic Training: Counter-Terrorism Paramedics at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

There have been a number of security fears and warnings in the lead up to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, calling for an increase in the number of security personnel with paramedic training.

Paramedic Training Increases In Response To Terrorist Threat

Just weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games were set to begin, two suicide attacks rocked the southern Russian city of Volgograd some 400 miles from Sochi. Radical groups have since been vocal in threatening to carry out attacks during the Winter Olympics.

As a result, mounting international pressure from countries such as the US and Britain has forced Russian authorities to beef up their security. This has included increased paramedic training in order to respond to potential casualties.

The US Takes Paramedic Training Into Their Own Hands

The United States, however, has decided to take some security and paramedic measures into their own hands. The firm Global Rescue has been contracted by the US Olympic committee to provide an extra layer of security support and paramedic training to protect the 230 US athletes and their family members.

The majority of the security personnel that has been deployed to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games possess advanced paramedic training. Their paramedic training is complimented by extensive military experience or involvement in special operations. In some cases they are trained paramedics with counter-terrorism training and experience.

Essentially, the United States has deployed counter-terrorism paramedics and service to Sochi to provide critical emergency medical care and evacuation in the event of a terrorist attack. This highlights the growing need for paramedics and advanced paramedic training in areas such as counter-terrorism.

Not only is there US personnel with counter-terrorism paramedic training on the ground in Sochi, they also have a backup network or aircraft on stand-by to evacuate the injured and all US citizens, should the Winter Olympics become a target for terrorist activity.

The Amalgamation Of Security Training And Paramedic Training

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is just one example of many events, destinations and situations where having people with advanced paramedic training and counter-terrorist training available is critically important. What we are seeing is the amalgamation of security training and paramedic training, something we would have never seen in previous years.

For people who have a military background or experience in special operations and counter-terrorism training, considering adding some advanced paramedic training to their skill set would be advantageous. There is a growing need for people with a combination of these skills.

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