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Philadelphia Police train medics for active shooter incidents

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When a deranged nutcase goes on a shooting spree , time is of the essence to get medical help to the victims. Seconds could mean the difference between life and death. Previously, medics were waiting outside until SWAT officers could clear the building. That took hours, police said. Today, December 2 2013, Philadelphia SWAT officers gave the public a glimpse into how they have been training medics to respond. Now the response has been cut down to "minutes as opposed to hours", Captain Christopher Baldini of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. said..

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At the Philadelphia Police Academy, medics are out fitted with the same kind of tactical gear as SWAT officers. They do not carry guns but the tools they do have will save a life. They work as the cops provide back up as they tend to wounded victims. During the training situation today, a deranged man was inside the police academy with an automatic weapon. He shot two people. one was dead, the other could be saved.

In mere minutes, the SWAT team had suited up-, breached the main door and provided back up while the medics put the injured man on a stretcher and carried him to safety. Another team followed the bad guy and shot him in the face. While this was only practice and the bad guy was actually an officer, the SWAT team delivered two shots to his head, above his bullet resistant vest. The shots were paint balls.

The "bad guy", was portrayed by Officer Christopher Binns. When questioned, he said the shots "sting a bit but training like we do, you get used to it". Fire Department Officials said that they hope to train all of their medical personnel to this level by spring time. "The Fire Department has out fitted each medic unit with a triage kit that contains a tourniquet, and special needles designed to reduce blood and air in someones chest", Baldini said.. They also have special bandages that will aid in blood clotting to stop bleeding.

It is hopeful that there will never be a mass shooting in Philadelphia. However, in recent years, sleepy towns and places like Columbine, Sandy Hook Elementary have seen this happen. If and when it does, emergency responders are prepared to help those injured faster and with better training and tools than was available even 10 years ago.

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