During a recent visit to Tac M’s ed Solutions they presented me with this Critical Event Individual Kit. It’s a very cool very of an IFAK, but what makes this particular one so interesting is that they made it while I was there touring the facility. One of our first stops was to their dedicated R&D department where they cook up new ideas and make short runs of custom products. They showed me their laser cutter and talked about how they were starting to integrate laser cutting more and more into their softgood designs.
After lunch, they presented me with this kit which features the SSD logo laser cut into the Black pouch and contrasted with MultiCam Black. They didn’t even ask me for a vector file of the logo. They went out on the web, found it and converted it into a format they could use on their cutter.
When I got it, I was pretty amazed, but once I opened it up, my smile became even wider. After all, the whole purpose of a pouch is to carry and I wanted to see what they had stuffed it with. Created as part of Tac Med Solutions’ NFPA 3000 compliant TacMed Critical Event Response System, the pouch include internal panels that can be adjusted to fit your exact equipment loadout and attaches to your vest or belt via PALS compatible straps.
They offer standard load detailed below, or you can specify contents.
1x Signature Series OIFAK Pouch (Black)
1x SOF® Tourniquet Gen 4 (Rescue Orange)
1x OLAES® Modular Bandage (4″, Flat-Packed)
1x TACgauze Wound Wrapping Gauze
1x HALO Chest Seal (Vented, 2-pack, IFAK Size)
1x Trauma Shears (5.5″)
1x TacMed™ Combat Casualty Card
1x Sharpie (Black)
3PR Nitrile Gloves (Black, Size XL)*
Even with all of that, there’s still some room to spare so for my kit, they added something extra, the RISE (Rigid Immobilization System for Extremities), which I think is the coolest product launched during this year’s SHOT Show on Demand.
It is the most compact splint I have ever run across. It can be configured as a straight splint, 90-degree splint, or pelvic binder by using a windlass or ratcheting tourniquet with the available cutout slots. As you can see, it will still fit into most individual first aid kits, including all standard military-issue IFAKs. It’s also radiolucent, blood and chemical resistant.
This version of the Critical Event Individual Kit won’t be offered for sale, it was just a demonstration of their capability. Unfortunately, this custom service won’t be available for individual purchases. However, Tac Med Solutions will integrate custom logos for unit and agency orders (minimums apply).
*I’m going to swap the gloves out because it can be difficult to discern blood from other fluids with Black gloves, particularly in the dark.