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Emergency personnel learn SWAT training

PASCAGOULA, MS (AP) -

On Friday, an abandoned building at the old Navy Home Port in Pascagoula became a crime scene as part of the Tactical Combat Casualty Course.

Medical personnel and law enforcement officers underwent training that merges SWAT team tactics with emergency medical care.

Officers move into a dark and dangerous area and negates any immediate threat. The team finds the patient and moves him to a safe place where aid is rendered. The patient, played by paramedic Gabriel Shields, is moved for transport, but there was a problem.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” yelled Shields.

Personnel stopped and performed a tracheotomy on a mannequin to the side.

This is the current and future of emergency medical treatment.

Mike Martin of Custom Training Affiliates is providing the training. The Gautier-based company will continue courses through March with classes for medical personnel every two months.

Classes specific to law enforcement will be every six to eight weeks

“If the cops bring the patient outside and have to wait for an ambulance to come until it’s safe, it may be too late for the patient,” said Martin. “So what we’re doing is we’re bringing medical care to an active hot zone.”

Participants in this situation are trainers themselves who will take the lessons learned back to their agencies.

“Now you have medics that are tactically trained and officers that are medically trained,” Martin said. “And they work in conjunction to save people.”

Derrick Welton is with the Gautier Police Department.

“It’s extremely important with the uprise of the violence that’s been in our society,” said Upton. “This is the first time where our officers would have the opportunity to get the training we need to take care of our citizens in such a violent encounter.”

Dr. Perry Walton, the medical director for the course, provides cover for two Coast SWAT teams.

“Any time we can provide care as soon as possible - what we say on the X and getting the person off of that X where the injury is occurring and getting them care immediately - that saves lives. And that’s a proven fact,” stated Dr. Walton.

Part of the training also included concentrated medical procedures.

“As a paramedic, we usually just stand well off the scene and wait to be called in so you don’t actually get to experience what’s happening on the X is what they call it - in the hot zone,” said Shields. “Definitely a lot more exciting.”

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