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Continued: St. Paul first responders change rescue plans for crises

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 19, 2013 - 8:38 AM

SWAT medic Ken Adams taught an EMT how to straddle and work on a victim to minimize exposure to gunfire.

At the end of a recent training session, a gunman fired on officers and medics in a hallway as a victim lay on the ground.

“Get your medics out!” trainer and SWAT Sgt. Brad Hazelett yelled.

The medics pulled the victim into a nearby room that officers had already checked and announced, “Clear!” Their escort team provided cover, and other officers pursued the suspect.

“There are 10 cops down there!” Flynn called out. “You don’t need to send everyone into the firefight!”

Earlier, Flynn talked about using personnel smartly, noting that throwing large numbers of officers at a threat wasn’t ideal and could cause problems. In some classes, officers accidentally shot each other with simulated gunfire similar to paintball rounds.

“Our goal is to get everyone on the same page,” Flynn told attendees. “You need to think about this. You need to practice this.”

 

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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