MASON CITY, Iowa - The first few minutes right after an emergency are critical, and area law enforcment recieved a crash course Wednesday.
After going through a tactical medicine training, Mason City police officers received hands-on training in hopes of saving lives.
"When the scene isn’t safe we can’t bring in civilian staff that aren't armed, so the idea is that we can intervene in those critical moments when emergency care matters the most and will prolong this person's chance of survival,” says Chief Jeff Brinkley of the Mason City Police Department.
Police officers are not certified emergency medical service providers, but want to help however they can.
Officers learned how to apply dressings to help control bleeding, insert tubes and how to cover chest wounds.
"We've all been in the classroom and had that moment where we have learned something in the last couple of days where we went, 'I wish I had known this when it happened,' ” says Brinkley.
Chuck Connors helps to put on these workshops and says from what he's seen, trainings are very beneficial.
"The comments that we get back are things like, 'this is the best class we have had in 19 years of law enforcement' to significant changes in large police departments, to the way that they prepare,” says Connors, a counterdrug coordinator.
With emergency situations like this happening almost daily, law enforcement officers say their goal is to be knowledgeable and have the necessary equipment available to achieve the best outcome.
"We know that critical assaults on officers are up, serious assaults are up, so we don't always have a backup car available for all of our people, so the Mason City Police Department has been pretty proactive through the years of having first aid equipment to officers,” says Brinkley.