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Monday, April 1, 2019

PGFD Hosts Training for K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care

K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
by: PGFD Assistant Fire Chief Michael Marino

Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department recently hosted area Police K-9 Handlers and Tactical EMS Operators to participate in a 3 day Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) program for operational canines.  Tactical Emergency Casualty Care is a medical and operational capability maintained throughout Prince George's County for atypical and high risk situations for both humans and now working K9's!  National K-9 TECC guidelines are best practices adapted locally which include specific pre-hospital lifesaving interventions. Dr. Lee Palmer DVM, who was the course facilitator, is a national expert in K9 medicine and TECC.  He summarized that Prince George's County has excellent traditional and special operations capabilities and being able to apply TECC to working animals prior to definitive veterinarian care is an important and worthwhile effort given that specialized medics and handlers are now properly trained and equipped.

“This training is part of a continued regional partnership across numerous police, fire, and emergency medical services departments to enhance medical care during high threat events," said Brian J. Frankel, Prince George's Fire/EMS Department Deputy Fire Chief.  "The course was sponsored by the Maryland Emergency Response System through a grant from the Urban Area Security Initiative, a federal program that supports efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.”

Picture Credit: Assistant Chief Mike Marino

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