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NCJ Number: 229174 Find in a Library
Title: Medics with Guns
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:28-33
Author(s): Sara Schreiber
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article profiles SWAT paramedical teams, which combine fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and police training in order to provide tactical defense and first-aid care in situations that civilian paramedic teams are unprepared and unequipped to enter.
Abstract: SWAT paramedics not only protect officers while they are in the hot zone, they also provide immediate aid to suspects, victims, and hostages. Like their military counterparts, Tactical Emergency Medical Service (TEMS) units accompany SWAT teams on virtually all high-risk missions and training. Unlike civilian paramedics, tactical medics are trained and equipped to defend themselves as well as provide faster life-saving support to officers and civilians while they are still in dangerous situations. In addition to providing EMS in dangerous places, TEMS can monitor officers' welfare on-scene, monitoring temperature, food and water supplies, stress, and other health threats of an environment and tactics. Members of TEMS units wear olive drab uniforms that distinguish them from other SWAT team members in their black uniforms. All members have the same heavy body armor, but only TEMS members have additional pouches to held medical gear. Some, but not all, medics are armed with side arms but not long guns. They are not part of the actual assault team, but are close enough to answer the call for a medic. TEMS members have been recruited from both law enforcement and civilian EMS units. Training involves cooperation from both types of agencies.
Main Term(s): Police specialized training
Index Term(s): Emergency services training; First aid; Police emergency procedures; Police field services units; Police safety; Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
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