Death from certain critical traumatic injuries can be prevented if the correct intervention is rapidly applied in the first minutes following the injury. Left untreated, these injuries will be fatal in 1-3 minutes.
The number of mass victim terrorism incidents is on the rise in our country. When these occur, Law Enforcement and EMS are outnumbered and overwhelmed by victims, racing against the clock to provide them life-saving aid. From Las Vegas to San Bernardino, Fort Lauderdale to Sandy Hook, LAX to Boston, Aurora and Columbine to South Carolina, the need for properly trained and equipped responders has never been higher.
The prevailing mindset in Law Enforcement has been, and continues to be, “I’m here to enforce the law and take criminals to jail. If needed, I will use force to protect others or to defend myself. I don’t need any medical training. If a victim, my partner, or I are injured, well…
that is what Fire and Rescue are for."
But how long will it take for that help to reach you? What if you are the one critically wounded?
Violent law enforcement encounters and a growing hatred of authority are also on the rise. Officers need to be equipped with the skills and tools necessary to apply life-saving care to themselves, as they wait for their partners and help to arrive.
When violent trauma occurs, Law Enforcement and EMS will respond. However, because they are reactionary, there will always be an inherent delay. That delay will vary, depending on the availability of resources, distance to the location, and magnitude of the incident.
Law Enforcement's first priority will be to neutralize any threat or hazard, and to make the scene safe for other responders. For severely wounded victims, that delay of care will be fatal.
With the swift application of simple life-saving skills and tools, those already at the scene can drastically increase the survivability of the critically injured, before EMS arrives.
Let your conclusion never be, in remorse,
"I could have done something more",
but always be, in confidence,
"I could have done nothing more."
Trooper George Baker
Louisiana State Police, LA
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation."
Chris Cosgriff, ODMP founder
Officer Down Memorial Page -
"I pledge to stand in the gap and hold the line between peace and anarchy, to defend the innocent from those who desire to do them harm."