Hi there Officers, Patrolmen and whatnot,
I’m your resident Paramedic and I’d like to touch on a few issues from time to time. Thanks to MC for hosting this exchange, I hope to live up to his bawdiness.
I’ve got an important subject to cover that comes up very infrequently, but after seeing this image recently it is something I want to cover.
Officer Damon Bandenell is recovering from what are described as minor injuries, even though the car seems to tell a different story. Read more at http://www.kcoy.com/Global/story.asp?S=12792890
When you are involved in an accident, injury or anything else where we will need to treat you, we will need you disarmed. You guys are trained to draw and protect your weapon so much you can do it in your sleep. Unfortunately for me and my associates, this can become a hazard if you regain consciousness and feel threatened. Imagine loud voices, strange smells and you are hurt. Tell me honestly your first reflex won’t be to your hip.
Let’s have two conversations. First, to the LEO who is being treated:
Speaking of removing things undamaged, this will also go for your duty belt as well as your service weapon and ALL other weapons you have. If possible, I always get another officer to disarm you since they are trained at doing so. usually there are some bars or stripes nearby to take custody of the belt so rest assured we’re not leaving it on the side of the road.
If we leave your backup weapon, mace, taser, etc, you can still be a dangerous person in the ambulance and the hospital or both the rescuers and yourself. So now you’re half naked, disarmed and on your back.
Everything we’re doing is what needs to be done. Don’t want the oxygen on? I don’t want to fight you but chances are I’m not pulling it out for fun. Hate needles? You shoot people. If I’m trying to stick you, you need it.
Chances are we will have another officer in the ambulance or following closely. I’ve even been graced with a police escort to the hospital. No phone calls allowed. besides think of getting that phone call while trying to put the kids to bed, “Honey it’s me (sirens in the background) I’m OK, I’ll call you back after they get me to the hospital.”
To the Officer doing the disarming: Please listen to us and co-ordinate your actions with ours to ensure the tasks of treating and disarming can be done successfully. If we are using cervical spine precautions, the person holding the head is in charge, since the neck can be most fragile. they also have the best view of the patient from that spot. If you tell them what you need done, they can co-ordinate it with the other rescuers. If we need to roll them, it needs to happen as a team. Tweaking one hip up to get a duty belt out could ruin every precaution we are trying to take.
Also, use your jargon when speaking to the patient, your injured officer. If they hear familiar language they will likely relax and let it happen more so than if you call out “John, dude, gimme your gun!”
As soon as you have the duty belt and weapon removed, secure it as you need to, we need to get in and do our work.
So to sum up: You will be confused. You will be disarmed. We’ll do our best to keep your gear workable for tomorrow. Let us do what we need to do to keep you healthy and safe.
I’d expect nothing less from you. Got a question?
Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org