Sometimes, police officers are on scene first after something very serious, like a gunshot wound, a stabbing or a serious accident, happens.
Usually, EMS and paramedics are the first on scene to address those needs, but may change this fall, thanks to a $5,000 "Target and Blue" grant from the Target to the Streetsboro Police Department.
The grant will provide training for all its officers, from the chief to patrol officers, to provide emergency on-scene care for serious trauma, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers. The only exception is Officer James Kirby who is away on military leave.
"I wanted to get our officers first aid training, but then we saw this medical training that's geared a lot more directly toward what our guys are doing on the road, rather than just basic first aid," he said.
The training would be provided by Leomedicus of Chicago, and this will be the first time the firm has trained Ohio officers, according to a recent news release from the Streetsboro Police Department.
Powers said the training would include instruction on how to treat serious trauma, while also training officers how to respond in different situations; for example, if an evacuation of building is necessary and there's an injured person.
"The other part of this training is going to cover not just how to treat a wound, but how to assess a situation under stress," he said.
Powers also thanked Target for the donation.
"We are very appreciative that Target chose to award us the $5,000 to supply this training to our officers," he said. "We would not have been able to do this without the grant. Through programs such as the 'Target and Blue' grant and 'National Night Out,' Target has continually shown their support for local law enforcement."
Michelle Eackelbary, asset protection team leader for the Streetsboro Target store, said she's never heard of Target's corporate office approving a grant this large for a single police department before.
"It was technically supposed to be $1,000," she said. "It was really nice to have our district office step in and corporate office step in and say, 'We have some extra money.' I just got the ball rolling with the district. I was really excited they received it."
According to a brochure for Medicus, the program helps teach:
• "Proven techniques to prepare your mind and control your physiology, allowing you to harness your adrenaline for effective decision making in the field;
• A crash course in the fundamentals of the science of penetrating trauma [and separating] medical fact from fiction to learn when, if ever, you or an assailant are out of a fight;
• The guide to balancing medical vs. mission priorities in the field, [including] a stream-lined rubric for remote casualty assessment and hands-on training and recognizing and stabilizing those injuries that must be controlled immediately; and
• How to safely plan, prepare and execute casualty extraction without exposing the rescuers to undue risk or further injuring the wounded."
The training will take place Oct. 13 and 14 at Streetsboro Police Department.
FB: The Gateway News/Bob Gaetjens