Hampshire County

Officers, emergency personal attend Officer Down Rescue Course

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - Law enforcement officers and emergency personal are trained to administer aid and save the lives of those in danger.

And today one local group learned another valuable life saving tool.

Over the next two days this group of local officers and personal will participate in the Officer Down Rescue Course in Belchertown.

This morning they learned how to administer self aid creating tourniquets out of various objects in the chance of them needing to save their own life.

Participants also conducted drills under various conditions to make their training as realistic as possible.

"There's been an increase in officers being ambushed, officers being shot. You had Yarmouth, you had Springfield," said instructor Eric Stratton. "You've had a multitude of places where officers have been injured. This is to help the officer but also it helps the civilian population."

The group will also learn how use ballistic shields during rescues and make vehicle rescues. 

At the end of the course participants will receive various certificates. 


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