In high-pressure emergency situations, every minute and second can mean the difference between life and death.
This is the tactical medical profession that Rory Hill devoted himself to with a sense of mission. As the founder of Goat-Trail Austere Medical Solutions (GAMS), Mr. Hill has spent over 30 years training medical professionals to have the ability to save lives in the most difficult environments.
Mr. Hill's passion for emergency medicine originated in his childhood. As an active child, he participated in the local Boy Scout adventure troupe and developed a keen interest in first aid knowledge. This experience ignited a spark in him, and this enthusiasm continues to burn brightly in Mr. Hill's career more than 30 years later.
After becoming a professional emergency responder, Mr. Hill honed his skills in various roles and accumulated rich experience. But although his titles changed continuously, his passion for serving people never wavered.
"At first, the burden of this job really overwhelmed me. When you respond to that first emergency call, you suddenly realize you're tasked with saving lives," Mr. Hill recalls his feelings at the beginning of his career. It was after that first call that Mr. Hill determined to continually improve in this field to prepare for any future challenges.
Challenging Realistic Exercises
Rory Hill founded GAMS with the original intention of making up for the deficiencies he saw in medical training, helping trainees face various challenges through providing authentic tactical medical training.
GAMS courses focus on practical exercises and simulation training. Mr. Hill carefully designs high-pressure simulated scenarios to test trainees' judgement and response abilities amidst chaotic emergencies. This not only tempers trainees’ psychological resilience, but also equips them with experience in handling emergencies.
For example, in a joint exercise with a certain unit, Mr. Hill set up a multi-departmental collaboration explosion injury rescue case. After the explosion, dust filled the air as gunshots sounded. Mr. Hill required the medical team to swiftly arrive on scene and conduct casualty treatment and evacuation. The entire process was chaotic yet realistic, full of urgency and realism.
GAMS aims to equip frontline medical personnel, including special forces, firefighters, paramedics and military medics with cutting-edge emergency response skills, focusing on the unpredictability of tactical environments and emergencies. Unlike traditional teaching relying on lectures and slides, GAMS teaching emphasizes practicality, stressing real-world training through simulation exercises, scenario assessments, innovative thinking cultivation and more.
Through this kind of high-intensity simulated training, trainees not only steady their mindset but also hone their ability to respond to the unknown. Mr. Hill believes that only after undergoing the most realistic exercises can emergency responders maintain calmness and agile reactions during actual operations. This focus on hands-on training is a hallmark of GAMS, and helps trainees develop professional skills to operate under high-pressure scenarios.
Selfless Medical Training - Hill
Looking to the future of GAMS, Mr. Hill has an apparently contradictory dream: he hopes that one day, the specialized tactical medical training he provides will no longer be needed. In Mr. Hill’s ideal world, GAMS prepares medical personnel for the worst environments, but hopes this training will never actually be applied.
However, Mr. Hill also recognizes soberly that in this turbulent world, the need for their training is more urgent than ever. GAMS' mission, embodied in the creed of "Real World Medicine for Real World Situations", is to equip medical personnel with actual skills and resilience to provide stability and care amidst chaos.
So Mr. Hill and the GAMS team will continue tirelessly advancing the boundaries of medical training, enabling responders to handle anything that may arise in difficult environments. Until the ideal future arrives, they will remain loyal to their mission and beliefs, using the most practical training to help safeguard lives.
The Importance of Quality Equipment
When Rory Hill and his team received products from Rhino Rescue, they were extremely excited and satisfied. Because these products not only fully met their high standards of quality and price, but even exceeded expectations. They received 40 individual first aid kits, 6 R-9 tactical kits and 6 extended care kits, providing ample equipment for their specialized training in austere and tactical medicine.
Having worked in tactical medicine for years, Mr. Hill had seen some companies profiting by selling essential equipment at inflated prices. This is why partnering with Rhino Rescue was so refreshing to him, because Rhino Rescue provides excellent product quality at fair and reasonable pricing.
Mr. Hill found every Rhino Rescue item to be highly practical and effective for his work at GAMS. The IFAKs are comprehensively designed for simulating various emergencies; the R-9 tactical kits are not only sturdy and durable, but also have well-organized storage critical for training. The extended care kits provide advanced medical supplies that support complex, prolonged care training.
In summary, Rhino Rescue's products fully met Mr. Hill's requirements for quality and affordability, and have become an important component of GAMS training. These products align perfectly with GAMS’ ethos and mission of “train real, respond real”. Mr. Hill believes this will aid GAMS in continuing to provide cutting-edge tactical medical training and cultivating responders’ abilities to operate in chaotic and uncertain conditions.
Balancing Skills and Mission
Rory Hill expects trainees to "maintain adaptability and situational awareness at all times." He emphasizes that in dynamically changing environments, a mind able to quickly adapt and make sound judgements is more important than equipment and medical knowledge. From Mr. Hill's perspective, adaptability and situational awareness should be top priorities for newcomers entering the fields of austere and tactical medicine. Because as medical providers, the environments they face are highly unpredictable and situations can shift rapidly. So cultivating the ability to swiftly adapt and make correct calls is critical.
While equipment and medical knowledge are important, personal mindset and critical thinking abilities are even more crucial in high-stakes contexts. Regarding gear selection, don't just rely on marketing or branding when making decisions. Evaluate based on actual performance and utility, like the high-quality products offered by Rhino Rescue where high standards don't equate high prices.
Moreover, Mr. Hill emphasizes that ongoing training and education are indispensable for this profession. Medicine itself is a rapidly changing field, and tactical needs require keeping current with developments. This includes not just courses, but simulation exercises, following cutting-edge research and more. Pursuing realism is important, but education for newcomers cannot stop there.
Networking is also very important. The community of seasoned professionals is small, but their knowledge reserves vast. Exchanging with them can yield great benefits. Finally, newcomers should always remember their original aspirations for entering the field, and serve patients even in the most difficult moments.
Compassion amidst hardship does not denote weakness, but instead strength through teamwork. Comprehensive self-improvement will lead to becoming an outstanding tactical medical provider.