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An inside look at training a tactical paramedic to work alongside SWAT teams Johnson County

Credit: 41 Action News
Published on July 29, 2019 - Duration: 02:48s

An inside look at training a tactical paramedic to work alongside SWAT teams Johnson County

From a barricade to a hostage situation, and from escorting a dignitary to making a high-risk arrest, the SWAT team responds to it all.

And in Johnson County, when one of the six SWAT teams serving the county responds, a paramedic is on board.

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An inside look at training a tactical paramedic to work alongside SWAT teams Johnson County

WE'RE GIVING YOU ANEXCLUSIVE LOOK AT WHATIT TAKES TO KEEP SWATMEMBERS SAFE.IN JOHNSON COUNTY -WHENEVER THE SWATTEAM DEPLOYS - THERE ISA PARAMEDIC IN THEMIDDLE OF THE ACTION.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER CHARLIEKEEGAN FOUND OUT THECOUNTY IS TRAINING MOREMEDICS FOR THATDANGEROUS JOB.HE JOINS US WITH THEDETAILS.OVER THE PAST FOURYEARS - JOHNSON COUNTYMED-ACT HASPARTICIPATED IN MOREAND MORE SWAT CALLS.SO THE CHIEF DECIDED TOTRAIN THREE MOREPARAMEDICS TO HANDLETHOSE CALLS.THEY INVITED ME ALONGFOR A BEHIND THE SCENESLOOK AT HOWPARAMEDICS TRAIN TOBECOME PART OF THESWAT TEAM.nat sequence - back is clear,medics out, can you hear me,THIS IS AS REAL AS ITGETS.FULL GEAR - REAL VICTIMS- AND GUNS DRAWN.Nats- lift him up, 3,2,1.THESE PARAMEDICS AREGETTING A TASTE OF LIFEON THE SWAT TEAM.nats- 5:46 find between thesecond and third rib27:39 we're all used to therocking and rolling in the backof an ambulance, but it's notquite the same in the back ofan armored vehicle.THEY'RE CALLED TACTICALPARAMEDICS - ANDTHEY'RE RIGHT IN LINEWITH THE SWAT TEAM TOKEEP SWAT MEMBERS - ORANYONE THEY RESCUE -ALIVE.10:54:24 it's a choreographeddance in a lot of ways.AND ONLY 41 ACTIONNEWS GOT AN INSIDELOOK AT HOW THEY TRAIN.nats- bang bang!FROM DUCKING FORCOVER23:53 grab one leg and I'llgrab the otherTO PACKING WOUNDS INCRISIS SITUATIONS.25:25 keep packingTHREE OF THESE NEWTAC-MEDICS WILL GO TOWORK RIGHT IN JOHNSONCOUNTY.BEN SCHOOLCRAFT ISALREADY NOTICING THEDIFFERENCE BETWEENAMBULANCE WORK ANDSWAT OPS.Lt.

Ben Schoolcraft/Paramedicwith Johnson County Med-Act46:40 when it comes to yoursafety, you have to realizethere are sometimes peopleout there who don't have goodintentions.

To get the trainingto have the eye to look forthose moments when there isan opportunity that you maybe harmed, or something badmay happen, so you canrecognize those.WHICH IS WHY TRAINING ISSO CRITICAL.14:24 as a tac-medic, you'reapplying medicine into a verydifferent environment.CAPT CHRIS WINGER SAYSJOHNSON COUNTY MED-ACT USED TO ACTIVATE ITSTACTICAL MEDICS 40 TIMESPER YEAR.THE LAST TWO YEARS -THE NUMBER'S CLOSER TO80.Capt.

Chris Winger/TacticalMedic with Johnson CountyMed-Act44:13 they have that biggerpicture perspective and wanteveryone to be safe.

Makesure they're taking care oftheir officers, so thoseofficerscan then turn around and takecare of the public.

44:23HOURS OF PREP LIKE THISHELPS KEEP EVERYONESAFE WHEN THE GUNSAREN'T FAKE - AND THEBLEEDING IS REAL.BY SEPTEMBER - JOHNSONCOUNTY WILL HAVE 12TACTICAL PARAMEDICS.THAT TITLE DOESN'T COMEWITH A PAY RAISE -ALTHOUGH THEY EARNMORE IN OVERTIME FORTRAINING ANDRESPONDING TO CALLSSPECIFIC TO SWAT DUTIES.IN JOCO CK 41 ACTIONNEWS TODAY.THE CHIEFS ARE GEARINGUP TO SU

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