Christopher Van Houten

Owner and Director of Training

Chris is a nationally registered critical care paramedic with 20+ years of New York City Emergency Medical Service (EMS) experience.

Chris served as northeast regional (Region 1) faculty for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) program, the pre-hospital battlefield medicine course used by all branches of the U.S. military as well as NATO. He instructs TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) and LEFR TECC (Law Enforcement and First Responder Tactical Emergency Casualty Care) courses for local, municipal and federal high-risk law enforcement teams, as well as members of the Department of Defense. Part of his obligation as faculty for PHTLS and TCCC is providing oversight, instructor development and training site evaluations. He is also a faculty member for the NAEMT EMS Safety program.

Chris also provides instruction for EMT's and Paramedics, including new provider and recertification education for civilians as well as the SOF Community. Additional instructor certifications include but are not limited to:

  • EVOC precision and performance driving,
  • AMLS, & EMS Safety programs,
  • and FEMA general topics instruction.
  • He is also a contracted Wilderness Medicine Instructor.

Chris provides medical support for numerous local and federal law enforcement agencies. He is currently assisting in the development and delivery of custom tactical and austere medical programs for the DoD, Law Enforcement and EMS agencies that are in the process of developing and enhancing tactical medical response elements. Additionally, he has developed "team medical support" training with occupational health components as well as extended care considerations.

Lastly, he remains an active prehospital clinician providing quality interfacility and 911 specific care.