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JUN 2019

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34 POLICE JUNE 2019 TOURNIQUETS During the 2015 mass shooting incident in San Bernardino, initial responding officers felt they were not adequately trained or equipped to provide emer- gency medical care. Training law en- forcement officers to apply tourniquets or chest seals quickly under stress can save lives. e national average time for EMS response is around seven minutes. Add to that the delay of law enforcement having to secure an area for fire person- nel to enter, and the response time for EMS at active shooter incidents is about 15 minutes. In 2011 a subject shot multiple people, including then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), outside a supermarket in Tuc- son. Before the incident, the Tucson Po- lice Department had supplied its officers with combat medical kits and trained them to use the tourniquets and other first-aid tools. is made a big difference. In 2014 as Phoenix was gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX, the concern for the safety of all incoming visitors was a high priority. To address this, the Phoe- nix PD began issuing tourniquets to select officers and training them to use the lifesaving devices in preparation for the event. After the Super Bowl, the department continued to issue tourni- quets to officers and train them in their use. is program has saved the lives of more than 45 people. TRAINING THE PUBLIC Understanding the importance of the role community members can have in mitigating the destruction caused by active shooters, accidents, and disasters, the Phoenix Police and Fire Depart- ments are providing training sessions for community groups and businesses in preparation for a crisis event. Examples of programs currently be- ing taught in Phoenix include "Stop the Bleed," which teaches civilians basic first- aid concepts and how to control massive blood loss in emergency situations prior to professional help arriving. "Uncontrol- lable bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma," the website for the Stop the Bleed program (https://www.bleedingcontrol.org) says. Other programs such as "Run, Hide, Fight," are also being taught to help community members understand common police and fire response and provide them with best practices in case they find themselves in a crisis situation. is training has been con- ducted at various locations and pre- sented to community leaders, including local schools and their administrators, university student body leaders, and church and community groups. As law enforcement officers, we are not only trying to put in preventive measures to help schools, entertain- ment venues, and churches prepare for these events. We also need to make sure that we are training our first responders to move quickly to stop the killing while allowing the medical personnel to focus on saving as many lives as possible. Sgt. James Ward has served with the Phoenix Police Department for more than 15 years. He is the supervisor of the department's Tactical Training Detail. THE ACTIVE SHOOTER THREAT Vehicle soɓware upgrades that fit your fleet's specific mission Derive's solutions are designed to the exact specifications of your department. Achieve both the performance and the savings you need. Simple upgrades that optimize idle RPM, shiɓ points, and torque deliver: • Reduced fuel consumption during run-time and idle • More responsive off-the-line acceleration for pursuit • Fuel cost savings and minimized carbon footprint Trusted by the Police Departments of: Port St. Lucie, FL, City of Ontario, CA and City of Lakeland, FL and more sales@derivesystems.com | (866) 688-3048 | www.derivesystems.com F R E E E X P E R T C O N S U LT AT

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