The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office recently received 20 tactical emergency casualty care responder trauma kits from the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS). These kits allow deputies and other first arriving responders to provide critical emergency care in extreme or lifesaving circumstances.
Deputies in the Judicial and Special Operations Bureau spent a day training at the Alexandria Courthouse on active shooter response (right) and on the use of the new trauma kits developed specifically for law enforcement (below). Because the courthouse was closed for a state holiday on Friday, January 17, 2014, deputies were able to train without disrupting court business or alarming the public.
According to NVERS, although “intended for law enforcement officers, the kits can also be utilized to provide care for the public in extreme or critical circumstances. The kits are equipped with a tourniquet, clotting agent, wound seal, gauze, and other items necessary to render lifesaving efforts to stabilize a victim until emergency medical services arrive on scene. As part of the lessons learned from the tragic bombing in Boston, effective tourniquets are instrumental in lifesaving efforts.”
Deputies who received trauma kit training have regular assignments on the streets and in the community and would be able to respond immediately to a critical incident. Deputies would use the kits in extreme circumstances when they, another law enforcement officer or a member of the public is critically injured and medics have not yet arrived or are unable to reach the victim. These kits and training, as demonstrated below by Deputies Jeffery Hunter and Marybeth Plaskus, were developed to give victims the best chance of survival.
According the NVERS, its “Steering Committee and its Medical Supply/Pharmaceutical Working Group identified the essential need regionally to provide officers with the necessary training and equipment to render lifesaving care, in the event of injury to themselves or fellow officers that could result in significant blood loss. This critical initiative was made possible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) National Capital Region funding.”