Royal Cayman Islands Police officers from the service’s training unit have completed an emergency medical response training course on Cayman Brac.
The training, including first aid, CPR, trauma response and use of defibrillators, was conducted for Cayman Brac customs officers, two immigration officers and 10 police officers between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4. It was funded by the RCIPS and by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“We have seen on more than one occasion that police equipped with these skills can and have saved lives,” said RCIPS Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton. “Whether it be an accident or a crime scene, police are often the first to arrive and many times are confronted with serious injuries where time is of the essence.
“We have deepened our emergency training so that they can be both skilled and confident about what they need to do and we want to share this expertise with our law enforcement partners.”
The life-saving skills were put on display in late August when RCIPS Constables Zachary McLaughlin and Carlyle Nation were called to a home in North Side where a 41-year-old man was found on the bathroom floor. The man apparently had collapsed and was found unresponsive and not breathing.
Officers McLaughlin and Nation began CPR on the man and continued until an ambulance arrived. The police officers continued CPR while the ambulance personnel administered medication and put the man into their vehicle. More than half an hour after the officers found the man, medical crews reported his pulse was strong and that he had resumed breathing.
Sharissa Ritch, a customs officer on Cayman Brac, observed that as a result of the training she is “more aware of the vast range of possible accidents that could occur at any given time.”