Bainbridge Public Safety is always looking for opportunities for officers to train and stay current on the latest advancements in life-saving skills. Bainbridge Public Safety is unique in that officers are dual trained in both firefighting and police work. Often a patrol car will reach the scene of an accident or fire first, sometimes minutes before engines or paramedics, so it is imperative that all officers have advanced knowledge in trauma care techniques. Bainbridge Public Safety is pleased to announce that four officers just completed a First Responder Class and are now Certified First Responders.
Officers Chris Jordan, John Mills, Timothy Mixon, and Jason Barlow completed the class which began in January. Captain David Cutchin was the instructor and is pleased to announce that these officers join Jessica Richardson, Ken Williams, Michael Smith, and Jeff Kelly as Certified First Responders. It is the goal of Captain Cutchin to hold the class again in June to continue the training and certifying of officers.
Many Bainbridge businesses donated funds amounting to $4000 that allowed for the purchase of ten First Responder Kits. These kits are fully stocked with 214 pieces of trauma care supplies, and will be carried in patrol cars with all certified officers. The ten red canvas bags were embroidered free of charge by The Wear House Etc., and Bainbridge Pharmacy also donated ten pulse oximeters for use with the kits.
It is the desire of Bainbridge Public Safety to continue to enhance their trauma care inventory with the purchase of four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as funds allow. The defibrillators are portable devices that check heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Stocking the patrol cars with items such as the First Responder Kits and AEDs could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.