Huntington Police; Marshall Med School Pilot Program

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

Huntington, W.Va (WSAZ) -- Most of us do our learning in the classroom but for police nothing beats hands on training in the field.
The Huntington Police Department is working with the Marshall University med school on a tactical response plan that may be a model for the entire nation.
Gunshots and screaming were heard all day long at the old YWCA building in Huntington. A domestic violence scenario is all part of the real-life training class for police officers, doctors and other medical professionals.
It may seem strange at first to think of doctors leaving the relative safety of the hospital or exam room to willing walk into a potential gun fight, but the guys who started it think it makes perfect sense.
Special effects, fake wounds and fake blood, all part of the plan. Cabell Huntington, The Marshall Med School and HPD have spearheaded a program with three other med schools across the country and created The American Board of Tactical Medicine.
Training doctors in law enforcement is just one part of the equation. Doctors are also training officers in emergency combat like triage.
"About 60 percent of preventable deaths come from hemorrhage," Lee Smith with W.Va Bureau for Public Health said. So having the ability to accurately apply a tourniquet, putting pressure and bandage on, can certainly save lives."
It's a pilot program right here in our region that has attracted attention of homeland security all in an attempt to save lives in limbo.

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