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Mid-Michigan police officers train in how to handle severe medical emergencies

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(05/08/14) - Mid-Michigan police officers are sharpening their medical skills in a simulated crisis.

Forty-one police officers trained at a vacant school, where they practiced saving victims during a drill. It's one thing to learn in a classroom how to treat trauma victims, but try doing it where guns are firing blanks and fireworks stand in for bombs. And lots of people are yelling.

Police officers were pretending there's an active shooter in the school building. There were 15 Corunna High School students playing the role of victims.

Fireworks mean a bomb has gone off and has severely wounded many people, including police officers.

"Hopefully, everybody will be on the same page with their training and others that we've had so everybody reacts the same way and gets the job done," said Sgt. Brian BeGole, of the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department.

"They're applying everything they've learned over the last two days and adding all these stressors to it. Really knocks it up a couple of notches," said Julie Kolberg, president of Trauma Training FX Inc.

"It's really spectacular. It's about the most real life training any officer could experience," BeGole said.
 
Police officers say what they learned Thursday will help them respond the right way the next time find a severely injured person.

"This is something that will apply to all officers if something like this should happen," BeGole said.

"The skills used here can be used for any incidents they would encounter, even if they're just responding to something like a motor vehicle accident," said T. J. Clark, the Shiawassee County administrator.

The officers ran through the active shooter training several times.
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