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PNW Street Medics and Military Medicine

by PNW Street Medics
A statement on the association of PNW Street Medics with Military Medicine. Yes, some of PNW Street Medics members are former combat medics and special operations medical personnel.
It was recently pointed out (on Twitter) that the PNW Street Medics Facebook group Admin is a "Former Army Dude". This is true! PNW Street Medics is made up of individuals with a wide range of medical backgrounds - including military medicine. The Admin of the PNW Street Medics Facebook group is 'Michael Chesbro' (a former Army dude) who last served with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Washington.

The PNW Street Medics Facebook group is here to provide resources of medical relevance to anyone who is interested. We believe that military medicine is relevant to the work that Street Medics do, and we include several military medicine resources in our Facebook group Files section.

PNW Street Medics provides more than military medicine references in its Facebook group, but if you would like to access military medicine resources without joining the Facebook group, you may do so directly from these military web-sites:

Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) -

Deployed Medicine -

Joint Trauma System -

Journal of Special Operations Medicine -

TC 4-02.1 the Army First Aid Manual -

MCRP 3-40A.9 the USMC Firts Aid Manual -

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Handbook -

by PNW Street Medics
We understand that some Street Medics who stand in opposition to police violence at protests and demonstrations may have concerns that current and former military medical personnel, associated with PNW Street Medics, are part of "the system". However, PNW Street Medics maintains a strict policy of medical neutrality* and confidentiality in our work.

For individuals concerned with their personal security we recommend the following resources:

ACLU of Washington (

Civil Liberties Defense Center (

EFF Surveillance Self-Defense (

National Lawyers Guild (

RATS! Your guide to protecting yourself against snitches, informers ... (

A Practical Security Handbook for Activists and Campaigns (v2-7) (

Security and Counter-Surveillance - Information Against the Police State (

Although several years old (2008), the Don't Talk to the Police presentation by Regent University School of Law Professor James Duane is essential for understanding your rights in an encounter with the police. Professor Duane gives viewers startling reasons why you should always exercise your 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials. The presentation is available on YouTube. (

What is Security Culture? A Guide to Staying Safe (

*Medical neutrality refers to a principle of noninterference with medical services in times of armed conflict and civil unrest: physicians must be allowed to care for the sick and wounded, and individuals must receive care regardless of their political affiliations; all parties must refrain from attacking and misusing medical facilities, transport, and personnel.
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