GPD Officers Commended for Life-Saving Actions
Sgt. Dan Suttles, Media Relations
On Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm, Glendale officers responded to the 500 block of East Broadway regarding a male who had collapsed and was not breathing. Officers arrived within two minutes of being dispatched and applied the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device to give the necessary shock until the Glendale Fire Department arrived.
The male was transported to the hospital and while being attended by medical staff, he began to breath, was alert and talking. The medical staff credited the quick response by officers, along with the timely application of CPR and the AED shock to saving his life.
In 2015, the Glendale Police Department launched Tactical Medicine Training. Officers are often times the first and only personnel on scene during a critical and active assailant incident. In an active-threat situation, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel may be unable to access the scene to provide care for trauma patients. The training the officers have received in basic medical care interventions will save an injured life until EMS practitioners can safely enter a tactical scene.
The training consists of life-saving medical actions such as bleeding control, applying tourniquets, airway management, splinting and wound care. Scenarios consist of officers responding to an active shooter and victims lying on the ground with multiple wounds. The role players wear trauma suits containing 3 pints of fake blood. Officers locate the victims while under fire and render medical aid in a stressful, loud and bloody environment.
The Glendale Police Department and the Glendale Fire Department conduct collaborative training to be better prepared for medical emergencies and crime related incidents.
Tactical Medicine Training
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