West Palm Beach Fire Rescue 500 N Dixie Hwy West Palm Bch., FL 33401  :  Phone (561) 804-4700  :  

SWAT-Medic Program: Operations

The city of West Palm Beach's Fire-Rescue and Police Departments established the SWAT-Medic Program in 1990 to provide emergency medical services in support of the West Palm Beach Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. SWAT-Medics accompany the SWAT team on all callouts (an average of 80 - 100 callouts per year) and training exercises with the primary function of providing tactical medical care to law enforcement and civilian personnel who become sick or injured during SWAT operations.


SWAT-Medics possess the training, skills, and equipment that enables them to provide immediate emergency medical care in hostile situations, where a standby rescue unit would be either ineffective or its personnel exposed to unnecessary danger.

Mission Types:
  • High risk warrant service
  • Hostage situations
  • Active shooting incidents
  • Barricaded subjects
  • High risk stakeouts
  • Dignitary protection details
  • Civil disturbances

The issued weapon for the SWAT-Medics is the 45 caliber, Kimber "Warrior" semi-automatic handgun. SWAT-Medics are fully trained and qualified with all of the other weapons systems in the SWAT arsenal and may carry additional weapons depending on the type of operation they are responding to.

A minimum of two SWAT-Medics are used on all SWAT operations. SWAT-Medics are operators on the SWAT entry team and make entry into the inner perimeter of incidents. SWAT-Medics are also used in other SWAT related functions when no medical emergency exists.

Related functions:
  • Forcible entry
  • Distraction device deployment
  • Aggressive animal distraction
  • Securing and handcuffing of persons
  • Hazardous materials identification
  • Fire suppression
  • Scene security
For further information contact:

David Nelson, Captain / SWAT-Medic Team Leader
500 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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