Just wanted to thank everyone at Talon Rescue for making a fine tool.

I carry it at Tampa Bay Downs for Thoroughbred Horse Racing where I provide EMS. It resides in my thigh bag and the pony riders horses keep trying to nibble at it because they think its a carrot!

But yesterday we had a Jockey thrown from a horse and then trampled by about 5 other horses.

When I arrived..about 10 seconds after...the rider was unconscious with snoring respiration. After doing the BLS stuff (C-Spine, airway...etc.) we did a rapid assessment, which also included removing his clothing. More help arrived.

I cut his jersey from the wrist upwards towards the shoulder, and before I realized it, I had easily cut thru his leather armband with his number on it. The TRECK made short work of the strings holding his body armor together, and I started at the waist and cut downward thu his pants until I got to his leather riding boots. I was on a roll so I just continued!  Went right through the boot leather like it was butter! I didn't really have a plan on what path to follow, so the TRECK just led the way down the side on over towards his instep where it stopped. Good enough for me...the boot just fell off. Didn't have to manipulate the extremities at all

Meanwhile, my partners hands were getting cramped using his trauma shears on the other boot so I offered to help...started a new line, and Zip! it was off. Continued up the pant leg to his waist, and we were done! Jockey had femur, pelvis, and shoulder fractures and 3 broken ribs..plus a closed head injury.

Thanks Talon Rescue for a great product, and my partner will be ordering one soon!

This is great for horse racing or rodeo EMS where thick leather may be encountered.

Jeff M. in FL  •  Instructor, MotorSports Rescue Association

A straightforward invention, yet sophisticated enough to be a game changer.

Kurt B. in CA  •  BD Professional, Medical Device Consultant

The TRECK is a useful tool to help myself and other first on-scene personnel.

Mark W. in FL  •  Firefighter

I hate the Talon Rescue Tool! After over 20 years in NY EMS I wish I had this tool well... 20 years ago. Why did it take so long for such a useful tool to come along? While not a 100% replacement for the trauma sheers, it's only draw back that I see it not being able to carry it on your belt. But you can easily keep it in your trauma bag, other carry device or right in the ambulance to have at the ready. I just used the tool the other day on a dog bite call and was able to cut away an entire length of clothing that included coat and two layers of clothing from shoulder to wrist in one try. It didn't snag like trauma sheers might have and it did it all in one smooth cut. Giving me access to the patient I felt faster than standard trauma sheers. Once someone comes up with a personal carry holder the trauma sheers better look out. Another great EMS tool that belongs in your rescue arsenal!

Jim Hoffman in NY  •  EMT-P  •  The EMS Professional

Note: A holster is now available!

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The TRECK makes it much easier to cut off thick fabrics like leather.  I wish I'd had this when I needed to cut off a patient's specially made ultra-thick cowboy boot. Yes, I got it done with my trauma shears, but it was hard on my hand and I worried I was going to poke the patient's very damaged foot. I have to keep an eye on mine during traumas to make sure it doesn't get "borrowed”.

M.C. in CA  •  ER Technician

Loved the ease of use vs. the trauma shears!

Heather K. in FL  •  Emergency Room & Trauma Center - RN

The TRECK is lightweight and sharp as hell.  Feels natural in the hand during work.  It is inexpensive enough to replace when worn out without breaking the bank to do so.

Todd F. in CA  •  EMT-B

Totally love it!

Thomas P. in NY  •  Paramedic / Safety Officer

We put a TRECK through the ringers cutting leather belts, jeans
and jackets, and can’t wait to use one on a call.  Overall, a great tool!

Randy N. in TX  •  NREMT-P / FTO

The TRECK operates in a similar way to the seat belt cutters we all carry, and the extended handle grip provides the leverage you need on calls to make quick work of a patient's clothing. And since we have been using the SBCs in the field for years, very little was needed in the way of additional training. Also, the TRECK is considerably faster at removing a patient's clothing than were the trauma shears of old.

Lawrence F. in CA  •  Firefighter / EMT

Last year one of my favorite items from the 2011 EMS Today show was Talon Rescue‘s TRECK. This year Talon Rescue has brought the TRECK+ to the field adding to the overall experience of exposing the wound.

For the uninitiated the TRECK+ is an alternative to your average pair of trauma shears. The TRECK+ uses a ballpoint-hook design to guide multiple layers of clothing into a heavy duty teflon-coated razor blade. The hook design allows you to keep the blade away from both the patient and provider, light years safer and faster than the traditional shear design.

David K.  •  The Social Medic  •  Read more at The Social Medic

We tried the TRECK out for our MotorSports Rescue Training Program and it works great on racing suits, and in our MotorSports Rescue Diver program, it cuts easily through wet suits and drivers suits. Wish I could have had this when I went to Anniston for TERT training... my hand was cramped after cutting the clothes and jackets off 4 dummies!  We will recommend this tool for our students and teams, to carry at both car and boat races.  Thank you Talon Rescue!

Jeff M. in FL  •  Instructor, MotorSports Rescue Association

Went on a call at an ATV/dirt Bike park yesterday... 8 square miles of trails but no roads for vehicles. Upon our arrival a group of people came to the road on four wheelers, we loaded our trauma bags and backboard up and off we went on the back of four wheelers to get to our patient. 26 y/o male, broken humerus and probable broken neck judging from the crepitus around C3 and C4. The patient was wearing leather Thor racing gear with padding head to toe... Guess who had their TRECK on them? That's right... this guy. Trauma naked in 20-30 seconds. The firefighters cheap ass shears he got given to him by the sales rep for their turnout gear wouldn't even begin to cut it. I was able to do a full assessment on the guy while we waited for the bird to land on scene. Got him loaded on the copter and off he went. Then I had the pleasure of explaining to the local firefighters what that was I pulled out of my pocket to strip this guy. They wrote the website down on their run report... It was EPIC!!!!!!!

Jim P. in OK  •  EMT-P


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In "highly aroused" states, such as the adrenaline flood of an emergency, one of the first things to go is fine motor control and coordination. The TRECK does not require much fine motor control, just the ability to hold onto that wonderful handle. I don't have to open and close my fingers to make it work, or to hold onto it. While the medic was fumbling with both hands to try to cut through heavy fabric with shears, all I had to do was hook the end and pull.

One of the major differences between cutting with shears and cutting with the TRECK is that the TRECKs cutting motion lifts the fabric away from the patient, and the entire cut is made without contacting the patient's body with the tool. Since the very reason we're cutting is that we don't know what is under the clothing, it is great to be able to do so without worrying about causing more injury or pain from working shears over an injured area. Also, there is no concern whatsoever about accidentally "poking" a patient. Even the blunt end of trauma shears can be uncomfortable.

I greatly appreciate being able to cut by pulling towards myself, rather than by cutting away from myself. Besides being stronger in that direction, especially being able to use my whole arm (not fingers), it's less fatiguing and the ending position is more balanced, rather than extended. There are a whole host of reasons why that's better.  For one thing, if we have an arterial bleed, I have not just positioned myself over the now-exposed area. Cutting forward, you either lean over everything as you expose it, or you have to cut at an awkward angle.

Linda W. in NY  •  Firefighter / EMT-I

I came upon an accident scene and helped the local EMT's secure the victims in their vehicles. We utilized your TRECK and it worked great.  I am telling everyone about your product and requesting our company to have these placed in our first responder bags.  I have shown my friends that are still in law enforcement and fire departments to utilize this tool as well.  Being the first on a scene and having the TRECK can definitely save time, thus save lives when extracting from vehicles.

Todd A. in WI  •  Firefighter / USAF Veteran