Making time for Department medical training
It's an unfortunate reality in our profession that 100% of your department will not actively seek out training. That said it has been my experience that when presented with new material or training, officers are very receptive to learning. It is our responsibility as trainers to continue to present new material that is useful and pertinent to officers on the street. I know what you're thinking when it comes to medical training and asking for more time. It seems like when you ask for more than just a CPR re-certification you're talking to Sweet Georgia Brown and "ain't nobody got time for that". Make time. Self/buddy aid is a crucial skill that officers need to possess. When we train to save ourselves and partners we are also learning skills that we can apply to citizens and suspects.
Here’s how we make it happen. All you need are three things that every department has; internet, email, and a camera. Short videos sent to your officers insure that training is presented and the thought of first aid stays at the front of the officer’s mind instead of pushed to the back. Short 3-5 minute videos with a few minutes of hands on at roll call allow officers an opportunity to retain skills and even learn new, basic medical interventions. These videos should be product specific to the equipment your officers carry. Most medical suppliers have videos on how to use their product. There are also great videos by providers on medical techniques, and if there’s a topic you can’t find, simply shoot a quick video of what you need your officers to know. A building block approach on equipment, medical interventions, and equipment in use is an effective and free way for your officers to continually receive first aid training.