At tonight’s Nampa City Council Meeting, Lt. Jason Cantrell recognized the Tactical Paramedics for their work on our Tactical Response Team (TRT) and for the creation and implementation of our Tactical Blood Program.
The Nampa Police Department has entered into a unique partnership with the Canyon County Paramedics and Nampa Fire Department to provide pre-hospital blood for critical care on police tactical scenes in and around Nampa.
Tactical Paramedics have been part of the Nampa Police Department TRT for seven years, but the Tactical Blood Program is new. After extensive training by our tactical paramedics, certification of the program and writing protocols for the entire State of Idaho, the blood program received approval by the State Physicians Commission and was launched. This is the only program of its kind in Idaho, and only the second one we are aware of in the western United States.
This tactical program is intended to save lives of first responders and other victims during tactical/critical incidents. Early blood transfusion is shown to increase survivability and the mission is to extend critical patient transport time to an emergency department if something tragic occurs.
“The Nampa Police Tactical Paramedics, along with their medical director, Dr. Kari Peterson, worked hard to develop, train, and certify the individuals and the Tactical Blood Program. Along with that certification work, they have also provided, and continue to provide, tactical medicine training to all Nampa Police Officers,” said Lt. Jason Cantrell. “They are providing their expertise and training county-wide, to include Canyon County SWAT and Caldwell PD’s Tactical Response Team. Their dedication, teamwork and excellence to the officers and to our community is to be commended.”