Marion Police to Learn Triage Care
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Feb 14 2014 3:45PM
Marion Police Officers will soon be more prepared to provide first-response life-saving assistance.
Police officers are typically first on the scene of an emergency, and during the short time before an ambulance arrives, their ability to perform triage care could be a determining factor of life or death. Marion Police Lieutenant James Loftin spearheaded the idea to have all police officers undergo training to provide such care in addition to their other medical training regimen.
Annual training courses begin for Marion Police Officers next week, and for the first time, officers will take a two-hour triage care training course, mainly to learn how to stop major bleeding in the event they are first on scene of a trauma. Upon completion, all patrol officers will be equipped with a special triage kit in their vehicles.
Loftin says the course is one way they can be better prepared and continue to improve in their role.