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Sheriff's First Responders Credit TEMS Training In Tucson Shooting

January 22, 2011  | 

Tactical officers with the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department said the combat field medical training they received helped them effectively treat victims of Jared Loughner's mass shooting in Tucson, reports the Arizona Republic.

The sheriff's SWAT team medic David Kleinman developed the field-trauma training about three years ago and Capt. Byron Gwaltney, the Giffords shooting incident commander, expanded the training, named the First Five Minutes, to include all deputies six months ago.

Each deputy carries kit that contains a compression bandage, combat gauze, chest seal, tourniquet and trauma shears. The items are designed to stop bleeding from gunshot, stabbing or other violent injuries.

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