Bystanders are often the first people to respond in emergency situations. The objective of SAFE is to empower everyday citizens by giving them the necessary skills to provide immediate care for gun shot victims until help arrives. Excessive blood loss can turn an already horrible situation into a deadly one in less than 5 minutes: many times too fast for emergency personnel to arrive no matter how quickly they were summoned. In communities that experience a high volume of gun crimes, activating community emergency response teams is instrumental in reducing the number of preventable deaths. Our military trained tactical medical professionals travel to communities in need and provide a certification course to volunteers that covers emergency response preparedness and first aid training, with a focus on addressing the specific needs of gun shot victims.