Be prepared and get back in the fight

Submitted by:
Scott Buhrmaster, PoliceOne Managing Editor


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As you watch this gripping footage of a U.S. military medic being shot by Iraqi insurgents, watch how quickly this soldier regains his composure, gains control of his weapon, begins scanning for the threat and gets to cover.

"It's obvious from his outstanding performance under extreme circumstances that this man was mentally and physically prepared for the reality that he might be shot," national firearms expert John Farnham told PoliceOne. "Because of this, he was able to get back in the fight quickly and avoid falling prey to further attack."

Although filmed in a war setting, this footage can serve as a learning tool for law enforcement. "Just as in war, one of the realities of police work is that you may get shot," says Farnham. "We take every possible step to avoid that and we don't willingly accept it when an officer takes a round, but we have got to remember that being shot is possible. If we don't, a situation like the one shown can result in an officer becoming physically and mentally paralyzed when preparation may have avoided it.


"Within less than a second, the soldier in this clip found himself on the ground after being hit. He had no time to think about what just happened and he didn't. He got back in the game immediately…and that, along with his vest, saved his life."

Scott Buhrmaster is a longtime contributor to, as well as former Publisher of Police Marksman magazine. He has also served as Contributing Editor for Law Officer magazine. Scott has been a member of the law enforcement training community since 1989, when he began work as Director of Research with Calibre Press, Inc., producers of The Street Survival Seminar.

Throughout his tenure at Calibre, Buhrmaster was involved with virtually every aspect of the company’s officer survival training efforts, from the planning, creation and marketing of the organization’s award-winning textbooks and videos to developing and securing training content for the Seminar. In 1995, he was named Director of the Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline®, an Internet-based officer survival training service he helped found. In less than five years, Newsline readership grew from 25 officers to more than 250,000 in 26 countries, making it one of the most popular training vehicles in law enforcement history. His efforts now focus on providing training and information to the nearly 400,000 officers worldwide who visit every month.

Prior to joining PoliceOne, Buhrmaster, who also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Research Center and stands as an active member of the American Society for Law Enforcement Training and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, was President of The Buhrmaster Consulting Group, an international consulting practice for the law enforcement training sector and the publishing industry.

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