GLENDALE, AZ – Seconds matter when someone is seriously hurt. Glendale police officers may be able to make the most of that time thanks to new tools distributed Thursday.
“This is critical equipment and training for police officers who are first responders on-scene,” Glendale police officer Julie Reed said.
Reed is leading emergency response training. She is teaching the department’s patrol officers, detectives, even the chief of police how to assess and treat traumatic injuries.
Each patrol vehicle will be fitted with an emergency medical kit. It’s filled with equipment that can help treat severe wounds.
The hope is that as first responders, officers may be able to administer help before paramedics arrive.
“This is a life safety kit to be able to do what we can do deal with life threats until we can get them to fire,” Reed said.
The department knows too well how important initial care can be.
“In the past five years, we have lost two officers to gunshot wounds in the field.”
Last October, Officer Brad Jones was shot and killed. Anthony Holly died after being shot during a traffic stop in 2007.
Reed says the new training and supplies can help keep fellow officers and the people they are sworn to protect alive in those critical minutes until more help arrives.
“This will hopefully give us the ability to do a better job of sustaining their life until we can get them to definitive care,” Reed said.