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CUMBERLAND - The Allegany County Tactical EMS providers joined forces with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office the last two days to bring the deputies the national ‘Stop the Bleed’ course, a course designed for pre-hospital providers to control severe, life-threatening bleeding quickly.
“This is the first of hopefully many joint trainings to situationally prepare both divisions in optimal readiness,” Interim EMS Chief Christopher Biggs said.
During the classes on Wednesday and Thursday, deputies were shown how to rapidly pack simulated gunshot or knife wounds and apply tourniquets to control bleeding.
“The techniques provided in this class could save the life of a team member or citizen tomorrow,” Biggs said.
Present at Thursday’s class was Emergency Services Director James Pyles, Deputy Director Roger Bennett and Sheriff Craig Robertson.
“In this day and age we can no longer take anything for granted. This training, as well as the provided equipment, is necessary to help protect the officer as well as the any potential victim,” Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson said.
At the completion of the course each deputy was provided a tourniquet and personal IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit), Biggs said.
The tactical paramedics from Allegany County are certified through the National Center for Tactical Medicine, a federal program responsible for providing security and medical aid to the President of the United States and other high ranking federal officials. These providers have done the initial 56-hour course and an advanced three day course at the University of Maryland College Park.
Conducting joint training between the tactical EMS providers and the law enforcement providers will greatly enhance the safety of not only the county law enforcement personnel but all of Allegany County citizens, Biggs said.
“Working as a team is what Allegany County is all about. By working side-by-side with our County Tactical EMS will insure that our community is well cared for,” Robertson said.
Todd Bowman is the public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 240-609-8861.