A few months back, I was contacted by Jeff Midgley, who expressed an interest in becoming a sponsor and advertiser on Backdoor Survival. As I always do, I checked out his website and product line to ensure they were appropriate for BDS readers. Needless to say, his website “TNT First Aid” passed the vetting process and can be now be found on the sidebar (or at the bottom of the page on mobile).
What happened next was my own, more in-depth investigation of the items sold by TNT First Aid and the recognition that my own first aid kit, while totally practical, useful, and portable, was missing some of the more esoteric components of a trauma kit.
With that introduction, today I would like to introduce you to both Jeff, and the TNT Trauma Kit. In addition, TNT First Aid will be providing one lucky reader a kit of their own, the TNT EMS-style Fanny Pack that is chock full of first aid supplies, thoughtfully organized and perfect for the car, hiking, camping, and of course, emergency purposes.
A Kit to Treat Trauma Before Help Arrives
The TNT First Aid Trauma Back Pack
My first impression when opening the pack was its organization. The design is such that related items are in separate compartments with most of those compartments being visible. Anyone who has fished around in a standard pack know how difficult it is to locate something quickly. Can you imagine doing that when someone has a large gash on their leg that needs tending to?
Beyond that, and again a first impression, was the weight of the pack, or, more properly stated, the lack of weight. I weighed it myself and it came in as just under 9 pounds.
Another feature I noticed right off was that the pack was not jam packed with a bunch of useless stuff of marginal utility in an emergency situation. Everything appeared well thought out and applicable to a wide variety of wounds. The eye magnet, especially was something that I was interested in since there was a time when I personally had a foreign object in my eye and could not get it out.
Here are a few photos of the contents.
Not related to the contents themselves but rather to what is missing is the large section left empty so that you can add items specific to your needs. In this section I will be adding an emergency supply of prescription meds, a blood pressure cuff, fish antibiotics, plus of course, my essential oil’s heath and wellness kit. I will also be adding a book on first aid, some N95 masks, and an emergency blanket. I like that there is room to customize the kit in this manner.
Perhaps the best way to describe the TNT First Aid and the pack is to go directly to its creator, Jeff Midgley. He was kind enough to answer some of my questions and as you read them, I am sure you will gain some insight as to why the kits from TNT First Aid are so impressive.
An Interview with Jeff Midgley and TNT First Aid
For the past week I have been checking out the items in your TNT Back Pack Trauma Kit. The contents are impressive and include a number of items I did not even know existed. How did you decide what to put in the pack?
The items I chose to put in the pack are all Items I have been able to actually test on real patients and know their capabilities.
As a medic working in the film industry we deal with cuts, scrapes, sprains and Strains and burns on a regular basis. We have tried hundreds of new products on the market. The ones I put in our packs are the ones that really work.
What, in your opinion, is the best way to learn how to use the Trauma kit (or any of your kits for that matter)?
Our motto is Technology + Knowledge makes all the difference.
We are giving you the technology and have created an app for your phones or tablets that can give you the knowledge and realism of injuries to help train you and assist you in an emergency in real time. This is the first ever app of this type. It is called FAIT First Aid. Every phone should have this app on it because when you have no cell service in a disaster and you cannot call for help, the app will still work and may be your only real time resource for treating life threatening injuries.
Gaye’s note: I downloaded the app from the Apple app store. It is only $2.99.
Our new website is only about a month from being completed and we will regularly be putting training videos on our website you can watch and learn from.
The pack itself is amazing. It is lightweight and yet appears to be quite sturdy. Did you design it yourself?
I helped with the design of this pack but did not create it. I designed the first pack like this one over 24 years ago as a new young firefighter and EMT. This pack is a new design of that original pack.
We use these packs because you can see everything in the kit. You should be able to see everything in your pack and if someone else needed to use your pack to help you it is easy for them to see what is in the pack.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your motivation for starting TNT First Aid?
I have spent the last 25 years working in Emergency Medicine. I am a Utah Certified Firefighter 1, and 2. Hazmat ops and awareness certified. EMT intermediate. I have worked in the trauma centers and burn units, ambulance and medical clinics.
I served for two years as a city wide emergency preparedness coordinator. I also served on a community committee to evaluate the needs for response in a disaster here in Utah for families and businesses.
I love treating patients but have found it even more rewarding to train and educate people on how to take care of their own emergencies. We get to help people avoid costly emergency room visits and survive major medical emergencies. I get at least a call a week saying thank you for the products and training we have given them. My passion for this started over 20 years ago.
I started TNT First-Aid 5 years ago with the goal in mind to prepare everyone I could.
I see that your tag line includes training as well as sales. Do you have plans to offer courses that are available online so that anyone can learn from them? I know that I, for one, would be interested in such a course.
We have developed a brand new training class. It is a 16 hour disaster medicine course where we teach the basics of anatomy and physiology of the body, how to treat all types of emergencies and illnesses and be better prepared. We even do fun mock disaster drills with patients and realistic injuries.
We are currently only offering this course in Utah but we are expanding. We are also working on an online version of the course and hope to have that available by middle of this summer. It will include real classroom type learning. If anyone out there has a medical background in EMS and is interested in teaching this course in your area we can set you up as an instructor for our program.
We are in the process of developing a 40 hour course as well. Our courses are not state certification courses, this means we get to create the curriculum and not have the state tell us what they think we should teach and shouldn’t teach like the CERT programs and some of the wilderness programs out there. They don’t teach enough in my opinion.
As someone who clearly has an interest in emergency preparedness, what are you personally preparing for?
Well, my family and I are preparing for the worst. We know it is just a matter of time.
Whether it is a financial collapse of the economy, or a human caused disaster such as terrorism, or a natural disaster such as an Earthquake which Utah is overdue for. We are prepared with our food, water, medical supplies, and a safe place to evacuate to.
My true belief is that if all we prepare for is 72 hours or 1 week we will be very under prepared. I feel whatever happens we need to be prepared to be without government assistance for as much as 1 year. We need to be self-sufficient even beyond that.
We rely too much on our common way of life and need to learn to survive without all of the luxuries we have now. Don’t get me wrong. I love those luxuries, but I am prepared to live a great life without them too.
A Word About the App
I downloaded the app to my iPhone for a one time fee of $2.99. The app is also available for android devices.
The way it works is that every time a new video is added, the app will be updated for free. According to Jeff, several police departments and schools in his area (Utah) are starting to use it because they do not have the training and do not frequently use the training they do have.
The videos in the app are high resolution with narration to take you through treatment options as well as with tips that will help you calm your “patient” during an emergency.
TNT First Aid has set aside one of their EMS Style First Aid Fanny Pack’s in a Backdoor Survival giveaway. Normally priced at $125, this kit will be the perfect addition to your medical supplies. Click here for a complete list of the contents.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.
For the next week, TNT First Aid is offering Backdoor Survival readers an exclusive 30% discount on everything on their website. That is a fantastic opportunity to get a high quality kit filled with all of the essentials. To take advantage of the discount, use the code 30offBD at checkout.
Using that code you can pick up the Trauma Kit Back Pack for $276.50 instead of the normal price of $395. You can’t go wrong. Click this link for a complete listing of what is in the kit.
Of course that is just one example. You can use the discount code for anything on the TNT First Aid web site between now and April 8.
The Final Word
The “Bandaids” part of Bullets, Beans, and Bandaids is definitely an area where I need more education. I have been lucky to have established a relationship with folks such as Joe and Amy Alton who are experts in survival medicine as well as with some readers who are nurses and EMTs.
Still, something I have learned is that just because someone puts up a website, does not mean they are an expert. I always look at the credentials and see if the site owner or store walks the walk. Or are they in it just of the money.
One thing I can say without reservation is Jeff and his TNT First Aid team are the real deal, They know what they are talking about and want to help us become better prepared during medical emergencies,
I welcome you to take a look at their site or even to give Jeff a call to discuss your needs and determine which pack will be right for you and your family. Whatever you do, don’t forget to mention the 30% off discount and of course, to enter the giveaway to win an the EMS Style Fanny Pack for free.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by Joe and Amy Alton, is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way.
It is written from the non-medical professional and assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.
For your convenience, here are the items referenced in Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items as well as some other useful first-aid items.
New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic: I have been using New Skin for years. It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof. It works.
Super Glue – The Original: This is the original Super Glue brand. This works a lot like the liquid bandage above in that you apply it to the wound and when it’s dry, it will hold the cut together. Also check out Krazy Glue or Gorilla Brand Super Glue.
First Voice Self-Adherent Stretch Bandage (Pack of 10): I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg. A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit. And so I did. This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.
Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor: This is a fantastic book from fellow blogger, Cat Ellis. In it you will learn that natural remedies are not voodoo but rather, natures way of healing without the use of toxic chemicals and additives. Highly recommended.
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival: Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation. One of the best things about this book (other than the information, of course) is it’s size. It is small enough to keep in your bug-out-bag and also in your first aid kit.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: My first line of defense for minor ailments and illness is essential oils.A good option to start with is the “Health and Wellness” kit that comes packaged in a tin and includes a brochure with suggested uses for each of the oils. As kits, these oils are already discounted but as an added bonus, you get an additional 10% to 15% off with discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.