Surviving a home invasion.

When i was invited to contribute as a guest writer, my first thought was with such a broad spectrum, what am I actually going to write about. Fate, or moreover misfortune, gave me my subject matter.
Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jerry Montague, and I am the COO and a partner in Dimension4Services, a full service private security and executive protection company operating here in the US, with offices in London and Munich, undertaking contracts in numerous countries. For obvious reasons i won’t go into specifics about my personal history, nor divulge where and to whom we are currently contracted. Needless to say we comprise of some of the best in their professions, from the UK, US and FFL forces.
To the task at hand; as I said, my subject matter comes from what could have been a very different outcome to an extremely dangerous situation, had the victim not taken professional advice and instruction in home invasion scenarios.
Although in numbers home invasions are a somewhat rare crime, and tend to be committed inside the circle of gang and drug dealer realms, they do happen to regular people going about their daily lives. People at risk can literally be anyone, but high end targets such as bank officials, jewellers or simply just successful affluent individuals, should keep in mind that in a volatile world they are not exempt.
Some of the techniques we teach are the same as the diplomatic protection service, and are extremely effective.
If you feel you are at risk, or simply want to be able to reduce the risks to yourself and your loved ones, look at implementing the following strategies.
1 Environment.
Know your neighborhood and your neighbors, try to learn a little of their routines, what they drive etc. This way any strange vehicles or activity at their homes or in the area can be reported, criminals do not like secure neighbourhoods and avoid them. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, better to be viewed as paranoid than a victim.
Alter your routes to and from regular destinations, and if you have more than one vehicle swap out randomly. Try not to park in the same place at work, the mall, school or other regular destinations, and always in well lit areas. Home invasions are not crimes of opportunity, they are planned and researched. So be aware of your environment, develop that sixth sense that yells somethings amiss.
2 In the home
Home invasions are overtly violent in their execution, the aim is to overwhelm and intimidate within the first few minutes, being prepared is essential. Practice scenarios with your family, have a plan and make sure everyone knows the drill. Choose a safe room, master bedroom is perfect, where you and your family are going to group. To improve the security of the room, alter the door to an outswinging one, it is far more difficult to breach and will gain valuable time. If you hear a noise always check it out, 99 times it will be nothing, but ignoring it could be the 1 time you shouldn’t have. Keep your cell phone in the bedroom at night, you can’t use it if its sitting on the kitchen counter, and even the car keys with the remote panic button work great, and are cheaper than an alarm system that can be disabled. Gather your family quickly and quietly, if you can stand watch in the hallway whilst another family member does this, and retreat to the safe room and lock the door. If your state allows the ownership of firearms keep one readily available, loaded and in the safe condition. Do not attach a flashlight to the rail, learn to utilise a separate light source, remember attached lights point in the same direction as the muzzle and you are going to be in a heightened level of stress. You want to be 100% before discharging your weapon. And remember you know the layout of your house better than anyone else, you can use this to your advantage, don’t turn on lights if you can help it, and use a flashlight to dab trace. An intruder faced with a bright flashlight doesn’t know whether its attached to a firearm or not, the upper hand is yours if you remain as calm as possible, and follow your planning with military precision.
In closing, if you buy a firearm for personal protection, seek professional training in its use, and practice regularly especially in the areas of tactical and defensive shooting. Our motto at Dimesion4 is “same gun, same place, all the time”.
If you would like further information regarding our services, we can be reached at dimension4 services@Gmail. Com


Tools of the Trade: Medic Bag for the Civilian Operator

Special thanks to Dirty the Medic for todays contribution.

These are some simple items you can add to your tactical first aid/Medic kit.  The most important thing in using any and all of these is to KNOW how to use them.

Disclaimer. I am not a medical doctor, this is for information purposes only. Your level of training should dictate how much treatment you can give. In other words, this information is for extreme situations where a doctor, nurse, or paramedic might not be present. Always seek medical assistance from professionals whenever possible.

1. BSI – Body Subs

tance Isolation.  If it’s wet, sticky, or gooey and it’s not yours, don’t touch it (without BSI).  Latex or Nitrile gloves and some sort of mask should be in every kit and used for every contact with another person, including your own first aid needs.  Don’t worry about if it’s sterile or not, just have a few pairs in your kit.  Not only is it protecting you, but it is also protecting the person you may be caring for.   Make sure they fit comfortably.

2. Wound Cleaning and Prep.  I have alcohol preps, iodine preps, and a sterile pre-filled syringe of normal saline for wound cleaning.  If you can’t get saline or sterile water, but have clean tap water you can use that for wound cleaning.

3. Band-Aids

and wound closure strips (aka “Butterfly Strips”).  You will probably use these items more than anything else in your kit, so keep a sufficient amount on hand.

4. Clotting Agent and Combat Dressing.  Quickclot or Celox are great, albeit a bit on the expensive side.  These have proven to be very effective in the battlefield for stopping major arterial bleeding. NOTE: these are a “last ditch” if a tourniquet has proven ineffective, cannot be used, or is not indicated. The Tactical Dressing is basically a large bulky dressing with wrapping material already attached for quick application. There are also products which combine the two resulting in a dressing or sponge infused with a clotting agent. They are usually referred to as “hemostatic dressings”.

5. Tourniquet. Used for centuries and still proven to be very effective for bleeding control.  This one is a C-A-T (Combat Application Tourniquet) which can be self applied with one hand.  Use tourniquets only if direct pressure has not been able to stop the bleeding. For the sake of clarity, these are only used on EXTREMITY injuries (arms and legs).

6. Occlusive dressing.  A dressing infused with petroleum jelly. This is used for temporarily controlling a “sucking chest wound” caused by punctures/penetrations to the chest. Make sure you are trained in identifying and treating this type of injury. If mistreated the patient may die. It’s known by its trademark sucking or hissing sound made by the victim when breathing. There are commercial items known as “chest seals” available on the market designed specifically for this type of injury.  In a pinch, tin foil with petroleum jelly and some tape will work.

7. Tape, Coban, and Shears. These items are fairly self explanatory but they are worth mentioning.

8. Rolled Gauze, instant cold pack, ace wrap. These are for securing wounds, splinting, and reduction of swelling or pain.

9. & 10. Sterile gauze (various sizes), and  non-sterile 4x4s.  If possible, use the sterile gauze on the bleeding wound, and do not remove it.  If the bleeding soaks through the gauze, add non-sterile guaze on top of the initial dressing and rewrap.

11. Illumination. How can you treat it if you can’t SEE it? A good penlight for checking pupils or visualizing an injury in the dark, also pack extra batteries or a “chem” light. White light is the best for determining colors related to injuries.

12. & 13. Moldable Splint and Triangle bandage. Good for stabilizing fractures, sprains, dislocations, and/or venomous snake bites.

14. Moleskin. Used for treatment of blisters. This is good to have primarily if you do a lot of hiking.

15. Emergency drinking water. Obviously used for drinking, but it can also be used for cleaning wounds.

This kit list is not exhaustive and will vary depending on your training. Are you hearing a theme here? Get training! Software is more important than hardware. Stay safe out there.

What is a Medic Bag?

What is a Tactical Medic Bag? It’s a glorified first aid kit… on crack.. a lot of it.

Most of us (the smart ones, at least) carry some sort of first aid with us in our purses, cars or bug out bags.  A couple Band-Aids maybe, something for a burn, you know the drill.  A tactical medic set up is bit more.  It covers the basics, of course, but also includes things that help keep you alive until you are able to get to a medical provider.

There is a lot to think about when putting a medic kit together, so I will spare you a 30 page long post and break it up.  Let’s start with some basic guidelines and then we will delve into the various types of emergencies we may have to treat.

First, there is a reason why people pay so much money to go to a doctor.  Because the knowledge they have and the equipment they use took a long time to learn- they earned the letters.  YOU are not a doctor, or a nurse, or a paramedic.. unless you are, in which case, write your own blog post.  It is easy to buy a really fancy kit with a lot of fancy equipment in it, but if you do not know how to properly use this equipment, you could do more harm than good.  A human body is not like a car.. You cant just go out and buy a new arm if you accidently break it off.

Keep Everything Clean.  The reality of it is that it’s not a cut or a blister that will ultimately cause the most damage it is the infection that comes from using improperly cleaning the wound or using equipment that is not sanitized.

History.  Know your own medical history or the person you are helping.  Many over the counter medication are contraindicated (not ok to take) with certain prescribed drugs.

Be Humble.  If you don’t know what to do, don’t make it worse.

Your Own Safety.  In Emergency Medicine, the first thing they teach is to be aware of your own safety.  Don’t try to help someone else if you have someone shooting at you- get yourself and them into a safe position before you attempt anything.  Doesn’t do either of you much good to have both of you dead.

Improvise.  A lot of things that you can buy are things that you can easily replicate with things at home.  Don’t waste your money.  If you have money to waste, take classes.  Become educated.  The more you know the clearer your mind will be when you are in an emergency situation.

Until the next post….