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Tangent Edge will be conducting a host of new courses this year as well as bringing on new team members.  The past year was more of a recovery time to reflect and adapt to the changes and needs in the special operations and public safety medical arena.  Be watching for the new updated schedule which will be out soon.

Added by Russell Shoemake on January 6, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

New Tactical Range/Training


A friend of mine, who previously served with the Rangers, is starting his own tactical style range and training.

Perhaps the location would be good for live fire exercises.

His name is Jim Ross, and his website is:


Live the Ranger Creed




Added by Brandon West on November 3, 2014 at 4:01am — No Comments

Great job 5GW medic class 1013!

Another great group of medics completing the 5GW medic course October 2013.  Tangent Edge is continuing to improve the breed, testing the mental and physical limits of each student through the cold long hours.  May each of contiune learning and guiding others. 

Added by Russell Shoemake on November 22, 2013 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

Search and Recovery - Blake Cowart

The Dakota Dyer Foundation contacted West Georgia Weather and Tangent Edge to assist the Floyd County Search Posse (FCSP) with the search effort for Blake Cowart, of Euharlee, missing since April 3rd. On Saturday, April 14th, we performed grid searches in the woods surrounding his riverfront home, as well as combing the banks of the Etowah River. Chris Metcalfe, WGW, spotted a black tennis shoe near the river's edge in a log jam, which resulted in FCSP sending the cadaver canine over…


Added by Russell Shoemake on April 24, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Direct Fight Against Terrorism!

Way to Go!!!! Good job to all agencies and law enforcement agencies in Boston in their direct fight against terrorism!!

Added by Adin Storm on April 19, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Congratulations MTAC Class 0413!

We had a solid group of individuals who came prepared! No drill slowed nor deterred the team. They faced swarms of killer ants covering the ground, mosquito-infested woods and the parking deck from Hell. Students moved about the city undetected and built a small fortress for cover. Great job guys!

Added by Russell Shoemake on April 17, 2013 at 5:13pm — No Comments

West Georgia Weather is Incorporated.

Added by CHRIS METCALFE on April 3, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

West Georgia Weather to INC.

Great News everyone West Georgia Weather is Moving on up and i want to take time to thank each and everyone that has helped west Georgia weather and Supporting what we do. If you don't Dream it, It was never a Dream and it has come true with all the Amazing support from Tangent Edge.


Chris Metcalfe…


Added by CHRIS METCALFE on March 6, 2013 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Standup Paddleboard Rescue Class 2013 Southeast Tour

The new Standup Paddleboard class and Swift water training takes flight starting late winter of 2013. This class is offered to civilians to promote self rescue and buddy rescue, to life guards and to the fire rescue community as another rescue methodology that supplements or augments swift water rescue. The civilian course is a two day course with introduction, skills, water rescue for self and buddy and integration into assisting local resources as needed during floods. The extension…


Added by Adin Storm on December 12, 2012 at 9:59am — No Comments

Deployment with FEMA into the region - weather tracker and disaster response/rescue team

The Tangent Edge Disaster response team has been mobilized to respond into the region where tropical storm Sandy meets the massive incoming cold front. The weather continues to be an uncertainty but the weather tracking of West Georgia Weather is monitoring all activities and is deploying their command center. Our targented staging area is currently Virginia but will depend on the FEMA model. Contractors moving into the region must be prepared to meet two different environments of snow and…


Added by Adin Storm on October 27, 2012 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Readers Digest 1.618

Readers Digest 1.618

Added by Diamond on October 23, 2012 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Congrats to Connie! 24 hour Tour d'spirit 136 miles!

If you haven't met Connie, and you will, she is a force unlike any other.  She is demure but becomes ferocious in battle.  A force of nature, untamed by landscape or man.  An iron will dominated by a poetic beauty.  A passion seen in her eyes and echoed in her soul.  A physical and mental toughness that is unbreakable.  This little lady is on a journey of miles. 

Connie doesn't train like the masses.  She is capable beyond comprehension.  A notice is too early of an indicator for her…


Added by Adin Storm on October 7, 2012 at 9:57am — No Comments

Met Clark on tour

Met Clark will be on a book tour.  His works will be available and the author will be on hand to meet and greet the public as well as to answer questions.  The tour begins In Decatur, GA to Austin, TX to Miami, Florida and then onto Dubai before the international dental community. 

The Emergency Dentistry Handbook is sold online at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Paladin Press and Tru Prep in Kindle format and paperback.  In store sales: Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, The Survival…


Added by Adin Storm on August 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Excited Delirium (ExD)

Excited Delirium (ExD)


ExD Defined:

Excited Delirium is a brain disorder.  This disorder is usually drug-related (cocaine or "crack", PCP or "angel dust", methamphetamine, amphetamine or amphetamine derivatives such as Ecstasy (MDMA)), but can occur in non-drug users as well.   Excited Delirium may also occur in subjects suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hypoxia…


Added by Steve on August 1, 2012 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

The Art of SWAT by Met Clark

Everybody has been waiting for the second installment into the SWAT trilogy by Met Clark.  It is available in an ePub for a limited time.  The book is called "The Art of SWAT"  and is available at Lulu.com for $15.00.  The third installment will be released soon.  For those of you who have been following Met over the past few years, have seen the rise of a man on a mission.  The breed continues to improve under his guidance and those of us who have been lucky to be trained or work with him,…


Added by Adin Storm on May 15, 2012 at 11:51pm — 1 Comment

Congratulations tactical medic class 412!

Congratulations to Tactical Medic Class 412!  The class of 412 may have had it's bumps and bruises, but they found their tempo and moved on to continue the proud tradition of sacrifice and self reliance.  The SWAT environment is a dangerous environment filled with ballistics, blasts and pains.  Everyone must endure the hardship to ensure the highest survivability of the SWAT officer, the public trust and themselves.  The students of 412 should be proud of their accomplishments and god speed…


Added by Adin Storm on April 15, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Branson Tornado

We would like for everyone to keep our brothers and teammates in Branson in your thoughts.  They were awakened in the early morning hours yesterday to an EF2 tornado following HWY 76 running right through the heart of town.  By 17:00 hours yesterday, no serious injuries were reported after secondary searches of all damaged buildings were completed.  National Guard, 20 additional firefighters from nearby cities,30 extra state police and local C.E.R.T. teams were brought in to backup local…


Added by Russell Shoemake on March 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Congratulaions Wilderness Medic class 0212

Congratulations to Georgia Wilderness Medic Class 0212!  From navigating Chief McIntosh's remote hills to hanging in the icy waters of Banning Mills and negotiating the banks of the Chattahoochee River you guys are a solid group of medics!  Good job, it was an honor to work with you all!

Added by Russell Shoemake on February 28, 2012 at 12:08am — No Comments

Wildland Firefighter training

See event listing for details.  This class is mandatory for March deployment.  If you recieved a notification.  Select the best dates to accomodate your schedule. 

Added by Adin Storm on January 11, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

New MTAC course delivery options!

Tangent Edge is happy to announce that we will now offer the MTAC course over two weekends or delivered as the traditional week-long course. There have been numerous requests to offer the course over the weekend to accommodate work and volunteer schedules. 

Course Report Times

1st weekend - Friday 1500, Saturday/Sunday all day

2nd weekend - Friday 1600, Saturday 1000 through Sunday afternoon (includes 24 hour scenario)


Introduction to Tactical Medicine -…


Added by Russell Shoemake on November 24, 2011 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

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