Officers Learn Medical Techniques To Potentially Save a Life
A West Richland fire station is hosting a class today that teaches patrol officers how to provide medical attention when an EMT is not available.
Simulated scenarios of officers down after being shot are part of the Combat First Aid Class that shows fellow officers how to provide them medical attention.
"The reason why a lot of us are here are we're often time first responders and the EMS is a few minutes behind us and we learn things we can do to prolong a life," said Sgt. Duane Olsen of the West Richland Police Department.
Officers learn how to properly locate a wound moving all ten fingertips up and down an area of the body; once the injury is found they learn to either apply a seal or a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
The classes also use animal flesh to represent a real body and officers have to locate a bullet wound, apply pressure and stuff the wound to buy time for EMT's to arrive.
Jennifer Foreman founded the class three years ago after serving as a paramedic for nearly 11 years.
She said her biggest fear if law enforement doesn't take this class, "More officers will die and they'll die from a preventbable injury."