NRA Carry Guard Expo 8/30/2018

Learn to Save a Life: Become a Certified First Care Provider at NRA Carry Guard Expo

Learn to Save a Life: Become a Certified First Care Provider at NRA Carry Guard Expo

When it comes to the concealed carry lifestyle, your education and training incorporates so much more than just firearms and self-defense tactics. Preparedness should extend from mindset to medical skills and touch on everything in between. With more than 120 free seminars and premium workshops taking place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center September 14-16, the 2018 NRA Carry Guard Expo will cover it all.

With the threat of situations involving acts of mass violence that occur quickly and without warning, being able to respond efficiently and effectively can make you a life-saving asset. The First Care Provider: When Seconds Count workshop provides comprehensive training to individuals interested in learning how to better prepare for and react to these types of events.

First Care Provider represents the first link in the trauma chain of survival from point of wounding, through definitive care. As one of the only Department of Homeland Security recognized “Stop the Bleed” programs, First Care Provider trains and certifies citizens to perform life-saving interventions to the wounded that, if not performed quickly, could lead to certain death.

Presenter Kris Sacra brings more than 25 years of public safety experience and expertise in high threat/active violence response to the course and teaches bleeding control techniques and tourniquet application, basic airway and breathing management, situational awareness, “Run, Hide, Fight,” communications with 911, hypothermia prevention and more life-saving skills at this in-depth, training and certification workshop.

Learn more about Kris Sacra below, and make plans to join him at one of the First Care Provider workshops: Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. When tragedy strikes and seconds count, learn to save a life. Become a certified First Care Provider. Tickets are $50 each—click here to purchase yours today.

Q&A with Kris Sacra

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did your interest and expertise start and how did you get to where you are in your field today?

I have a diverse public safety background. During Active Violence events, fire and rescue personnel “stage” and wait for the police to make the area safe. We found that during these events people were dying from preventable death injuries while waiting—for hours in some cases—for fire and rescue to reach them. So we took the concept of successful battlefield trauma care and applied it to civilian trauma care. We then developed training that would allow fire and rescue to integrate with law enforcement and provide quicker trauma care. After seeing how easy the trauma care was, the question was asked: Why can’t we teach citizens to provide this same type of care? After all, they are always the first ones on the scene during these events. So the First Care Provider civilian program was developed, and here we are today spreading the word.

Describe your experience in the role of teacher, trainer, mentor, or instructor. What have you learned about the community and lifestyle associated with personal protection?

I have found that people are very receptive to the information they receive. I have been told that they feel like the training has empowered them to react instead of becoming a victim.

When and how did you first become familiar and involved with NRA Carry Guard? How does it fit into your overall support of the NRA and the Second Amendment?

I first heard about NRA Carry Guard at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville. When I heard about NRA Carry Guard I thought, “Finally, an all-inclusive training program that will better prepare the average citizen to react to acts of violence.” This program is proof that the NRA not only works to protect our Second Amendment rights, they also promote responsible gun ownership by offering this type of training.

What do you find is one of today’s biggest threats to personal safety or individual freedoms?


Can you share a story of how your training has directly impacted your life or the life of someone you’ve taught?

There are many stories nationwide of civilians using this type of training and saving countless lives. It’s the average person that is going to make the difference. The Las Vegas shooting is a prime example of how everyday citizens stood up, did what they had to do and saved many lives.

What is a simple, but perhaps overlooked, aspect of personal protection that you recommend everyone consider?

Situational awareness in your everyday life. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you and to have a plan to react if the need arises.

Tell us the top three reasons to attend your seminar or workshop at NRA Carry Guard Expo this year in Richmond, VA.

Reason 1: You will walk away with the knowledge and confidence needed to save a life from a preventable death injury.

Reason 2: You will have a better understanding of how to react during a crisis.

Reason 3: Knowledge is power, and when it comes to life and death, the more knowledge you have, the better chance you have to survive a violent or traumatic event.

More about Kris Sacra:

Kris has more than 25 years of public safety experience, including 20 years as a firefighter/paramedic, with a large metropolitan department in the National Capital Region. He is a current and founding member of his jurisdiction’s Joint Police and Fire Operations workgroup. Additionally, Kris has 18 years of law enforcement experience and currently works part time as a Deputy Sheriff in Augusta County, Va. He is a member of the department’s SWAT Team and serves as the team’s medic. He completed both basic and advanced SWAT Schools.

As a member of the Joint Police and Fire Operations workgroup, Kris played a key role in the formation of the high threat/active violence response program and is known as one of his department’s subject matter experts in this field. He assisted in the development of the Rescue Task Force (RTF) model and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) course. Both have been taught to more than 3,000 police and fire personnel in the county, and other jurisdictions have participated in the training as well. As a certified Active Shooter, PACOPS, TECC and ALERRT instructor, he has taught these courses to recruits at both the Police and Fire academies. Kris participated in and developed countless active shooter/violence drills in and around the National Capital Region, involving other Local, State and Federal partners.

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