10/30/2012 - Trauma Kits Secured By Grant, Field Trauma Training to Enhance Response
Sheriff Richard Fuller is pleased to announce that the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $9,630.00 grant from the National Emergency Medicine Association to purchase fully equipped Tactical Trauma Law Enforcement Medical Kits for their patrol vehicles.
Sheriff Fuller is quoted as saying "We are continually working to keep our deputies safe and provide them with all the equipment necessary to survive a violent incident."
The Sheriff's Office had introduced Field Trauma Training to its officers in the fall of 2011.
While the national media continues to report on violence toward law enforcement officers, it also has become clear that officers today should be trained to treat and survive violent injuries, especially those involving gunfire. The days of the basic First Aid kit for police are gone. The Tactical Kits are intended to equip officers with the implements needed to immediately treat life threatening emergencies in the first few moments after a critical incident or when medical response is delayed into a scene for safety reasons.
In keeping with these efforts, in October 2012, Kalamazoo County has trained four patrol staff to be instructors in Officer Down Response and Medical Assessment to enhance our officers' response to critical emergency situations.