Tourniquets for Heroes

 

Tourniquets for Heroes is a special initiative aimed at equipping Law Enforcement Officers with life-saving tourniquets for personal carry while on duty.

Each year thousands of officers are killed in the line of duty while protecting the communities they serve. Many of these officers are not provided with the proper training or equipment necessary for responding to life-threatening medical situations. Tourniquets are a proven and essential life-saving tool for stopping massive hemorrhages, regrettably not provided by many police departments.

To help our officers prevent the unnecessary loss of life, Tourniquets for Heroes will allow everyday citizens to purchase a Rapid Application Tourniquet System (RATS) at a discounted price, which we will send directly to a verified Law Enforcement Officer in need. It is our hope that this program will help save more lives by better preparing our officers.

This opportunity allows our communities to directly give back and support those officers who put themselves in harm’s way every day. Each officer who signs up will receive a RATS Tourniquet and a thank you note as part of your anonymous donation. The more tourniquets purchased, the more officers we can assist.

If you would like to support the Law Enforcement Community you may purchase a tourniquet for an officer HERE.

If you are a Law Enforcement Officer in need of a tourniquet, please sign up HERE.

The RE Factor Tactical Tourniquet Standard

The propensity to carry a tourniquet, especially among civilians is on the rise which is great.  Massive hemorrhage is the most commonly found preventable death on the battlefield which means it’s crucial to carry the equipment to control it.

While many civilians, LE personnel and military personnel are carrying tourniquets, they often don’t have the training to properly apply it in a timely manner.  There are no set application time limits like we have in the shooting world where a certain draw speed, reload speed or split times have become standard for departments, courses or in challenges.  So here is our standard:

Reach your stored tourniquet with either hand, apply it only using one hand, in under 15 seconds.  

This means if you are carrying a tourniquet you should be able to grab it with either hand and apply to any extremity, to completion, in under 15 seconds.  This may seem easy but when you try it you will be amazed at how difficult it can actually be to accomplish the above in under 15 seconds.  After you have applied the tourniquet you should check your pulse either using a standard finger test method or using a pulse oximeter.  While both methods won’t guarantee you that you have applied the tourniquet 100% correctly it’s a fairly good measurement of how well you applied the tourniquet in under 15 seconds.   This standard exists no matter what kit you’re carrying, your physical or mental state, available ambient light or any other outside factor.

Below is a video we shot a while back of applying the RATs Tourniquet.  (Yes we know it wasn’t from a stored position, yes we know we didn’t show how well it did or didn’t work and yes we know the “injured” extremity was moving.)  We will work on getting a better video but in the meantime, it should get an idea of the standard across.

The reason we chose 15 seconds as our standard is because: 1. it’s an achievable standard that anyone can reach with some practice 2. if you have a massive hemorrhage you can lose consciousness in 15-20 seconds which means if you can get the tourniquet on in under 15 seconds you should (hopefully) apply it before going unconscious.

While it’s important to train with a tourniquet, it’s equally as important to not use a tourniquet that you train with as the tourniquet you trust your life with.  IF YOU USE A TOURNIQUET FOR TRAINING DO NOT USE IT AS YOUR PRIMARY TOURNIQUET.  Simply paint the tourniquet blue, red, pink or whatever color you need to help you remember it’s a training tourniquet only.  This is because when you use a tourniquet for training you begin to stress it; this coupled with environmental factors can drastically reduce your tourniquet’s efficacy or cause it to fail when it counts.

As far as what tourniquet to use we don’t care if you use a RATs, CAT, SOFT-T, SWAT-T or any other tourniquet on the market.  This isn’t a post to determine what tourniquet is the best, you can leave that for the millions of other forums out there.  As far as how to store/carry your tourniquet that is up to you as long as you can meet the standard above.  While we offer a number of carrying solutions for a number of types of tourniquets we suggest you use the one that allows you to quickly apply it as well as carry it securely.

If you can be matched or beat the standard we want to see it!  Please feel free to upload your video of you getting your tourniquet on as set above and either tag us (@refactortactical on IG, reftactical on Twitter RE Factor Tactical on Facebook) or use #REFTTQSTANDARD.

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Job Vacancies

Company Profile

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is a Veteran run, Veteran owned company based out of Englewood, CO. We specialize in creating unique products for the tactical industry and our product line varies from bags, tactical pouches and survival gear to satirical posters and targets.

Position: Part-time Graphic Designer

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is currently seeking a part-time graphics designer to help us continue our strong marketing/social media platforms and product design. We are looking for someone to work at our office in Englewood, CO 2-3 times a week. This has the opportunity to move into a full-time position in the near future.

Why RE Factor Tactical?

Our unique work environment promotes creative thinking in both product design and marketing. We take a different approach to our marketing platform that requires individuals to think outside the box. We encourage our employees to help advance the company’s product line and marketing platform through unconventional designs. RE Factor Tactical is dedicated to hiring our Veterans and gives preferential hiring to Veterans and former EMS/LE personnel.

Duties

• Assist in design of new shirts, posters, patches, targets, books, and stickers

• Create marketing pictures and banners for social media, catalogs and product cards

Skills / Knowledge

• Must have a strong working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

• Experience in taking photos/videos is a strong plus

• Experience in working within the tactical gear industry

• Ability to create new designs/ideas with little input or direction

• Ability to meet deadlines, work quickly and efficiently and turn ideas into sellable products. 

• Ability to create books, pamphlets and product cards

Qualifications

• 5+ Years experience in graphic design

• 3+ Years experience in working the tactical gear industry

• Military/LEO/EMS past work is a strong plus

• Strong working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are a must

• Ability to come into our office in Englewood, CO is a must

If interested please email your resume and portfolio to info@refactortactical.com

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Position: Part Time Customer Service/Warehouse Assistant

RE Factor Tactical, LLC is currently seeking a part-time customer service agent to take calls, returns emails and respond to customer questions on our social media platforms.  In addition, they will be asked to help with miscellaneous tasks within our warehouse when not responding to customer inquiries. 

Why RE Factor Tactical?

Our unique work environment encourages veterans to focus on lessons learned in the military and apply it to our company and their everyday work life.  Our company strives to offer veterans an environment where they feel welcomed and we value their experiences.  At the moment we have a 65% veteran strong workforce and would like to continue to offer Veterans more jobs as we grow.

In addition, we take a train the trainer approach with our employees and attempt to teach our employees as many skill-sets as possible that they can take with them either into other areas of the company or follow on jobs outside of RE Factor Tactical.  In short, we want to ensure your time with us is as valuable and beneficial as possible.  

Duties

• Answer phone calls, return emails, respond to customer inquiries on social media.  

• Assist in daily warehouse tasks to include (but not limited to), prepping product for shipment, organizing inventory, counting inventory, assisting in new product ideas and packing orders.

Qualifications

• Must be over 18 years of age

• Must be able to work at least 15 hours a week at our office in Englewood, CO. 

• Military/LEO/EMS past work is a strong plus

• Must have strong grammar, spelling and syntax. 

If interested please email your resume and portfolio (for graphic design position) to info@refactortactical.com