The Queensland Police Service Tactical First Aid Project is demonstrating excellence in policing through the delivery of an innovative solution to a growing topical issue.
The project has been recognised as the World Class Policing Awards winner in London for doing so and for also achieving meaningful results in crucial and high-pressure situations.
The Tactical First Aid Project aims to assist officers in upholding the oath of protecting life and serving the community and sees that officers are trained in Tactical First Aid (TFA).
Senior Sergeant Michael Dwyer and Acting Sergeant Dustin Osborne accepted the award in London
Acting Sergeant Dustin Osborne of Fortitude Valley Station said TFA is enhancing training recipients’ ability to serve and protect.
“I see this as a huge step forward in modernising the way we maintain our oath to protect life and serve the community,” Acting Sergeant Osborne said.
“We made that oath to protect and serve all within the community and that includes those we apprehend as well.”
The outcome of the training that officers receive through the project goes beyond standard CPR and essential first aid.
“The training affords officers the technical knowledge and skills to treat penetrating trauma and severe haemorrhaging,” Acting Sergeant Osborne said.
“Since the project commenced, casualty recovery and rehab time have dropped significantly.”
Those trained in TFA are equipped with a range of vital skills and knowledge to competently handle life threatening trauma. Those receiving the training are taught to do so through the use and application of tourniquets, trauma bandaging and chest seals.
These officers compliment the already mandatory adequate number of first aiders as per legislative requirements within the QPS.
“We’ve been able to use what we learn in the training to make a real difference in the early stages of a medical incident,” Acting Sergeant Osborne said
“The overall positive impact of the project has been obvious and stems from early intervention.”
Congratulations and well done to all involved in the project, making a real and tangible difference.
Two teams from the QPS were finalists in the World Class Policing Awards.
To read more about the World Class Policing Awards, click here.