WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) – - A training class now offered in West Chester is designed to teach people how to help themselves and others survive horrific tragedies.
Phil Chaney, the owner of 88 Tactical of Ohio, said the casualty classes are not about preventing disasters but are focused on reacting to them.
"Pro-gun, anti-gun, it doesn't matter," Chaney said.
Students in the course experience real-life crisis scenarios and are given options on what they can do in those situations to help themselves and others.
Chaney said the class fills the gap between military combat techniques and typical first aid training and teaches people how to be the first person to respond before actual first responders.
"(First responders are) working as hard as they can. The fire guys are working as hard as they can to get there, but unfortunately, those first critical minutes are just too late. It's no fault of their own," Chaney said.
Whether it's caused by a vehicle accident, a school shooting, or even an animal bite, leaders of the course said that losing a large amount of blood can lead to losing life in only seconds.
"The Boston bombing, you know what would have helped is people having the knowledge and the tools to actually help those people survive the incident," Chaney said.