Police Get Medical Training in High-Pressure Situations
In 2010, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty increased by 128%. So Hennepin County Medical Center Physician Jeff Ho and Hennepin EMS paramedic Rob Snyder created the TEMPO training course to offer specific medical training for officers by simulating high-stress situations.
"We're out training in the cold, snow, rain, no matter what the weather conditions are we train in it," said Snyder.
"If I can teach you to do CPR correctly while outside in 20 below weather wearing all of your duty gear and your hands are freezing, then you can easily do it inside in somebody's home," said Ho.
Before this training existed, officers were confined to a classroom for their medical training.
"We've never done any hands-on stuff like this it's always going through the stations and very repetitive," said Sgt. Angela Trutnau with Shakopee Police.
TEMPO training offers police a chance not only to practice in real-life situations but to also develop their reaction skills and officers say it's well worth it.
The price of the course ranges but generally costs $400 per officer. That's only $100 more than the standard classroom EMT training.