Police officers often-times wear many hats. Since they deal with a variety of different cases, their training must be broad-based. New York State Police announcing on Tuesday that this training and equipment in their patrol cars, is saving lives.
For eight years state police patrol cars have been equipped with emergency kits. And about a week ago police officers realized the importance of the kit. Officers responded to a call where a man had severed an artery in his arm. He was unconscious and in danger of bleeding out. Officers made it to the scene before paramedics. They used a tourniquet from the emergency kit that allowed them to stop the bleeding long enough for paramedics to respond--ultimately saving the man's life. State troopers say the added responsibility will only help save more lives.
“Our job is to drive around and to respond to calls for assistance, whether we're arresting bad guys or we need to assist people that need help right now,” says. Capt. Francis Coots, NYS Police.
And one of the best things about the tourniquet is you can actually do it to yourself. So if a police officer is wounded and needs to cut off the blood flow he puts in on his own arm tightens the strap and then he can turn it as tight as it needs to go and lock it into place to cut off all the blood flow so he has time to get to the hospital.
But at the end of the day, state troopers say that having the equipment and being trained on how to use it is just another way to cater to the people.
"It's not all about arresting bad guys, it's not all about writing tickets, it's not all about the negative part of it. This is something positive and we're there to help," says Capt. Coots.
Captain Coots also added that the training they received on the emergency kits are just that---for emergencies. He says the paramedics are fully trained on medical issues and when they're on the scene they will be there just to assist the professionals.
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