Victoria Police Department patrol officers were able to use recent first-aid training to help an Esquimalt man with serious injuries early Friday morning.
According to police, the officers were called to an apartment building in the 700-block of Lampson Street for a call of a man in distress just after midnight. When they arrived, they found a man with life-threatening injuries and in need of immediate first aid.
Officers who were recently trained in how to use tourniquets applied two tourniquets and provided other life-saving first aid. The man was taken to hospital for potentially life-saving treatment.
The department’s medical director Doctor Mark Vu said the training was adopted from the Vancouver Police Department’s Police Officer Down training. It was adapted by VicPD officers and is meant to help officers provide first aid to themselves or other officers.
“The nature of law enforcement exposes police members to potentially life-threatening occupational injuries, and the Police Officer Down training program empowers officers with the skills and equipment to help themselves and other police officers who are injured in the line of duty,” VicPD Medical Director Dr. Mark Vu said in a release.
“Occasionally, when appropriate, having police officers with these skills will also benefit the safety of the public that we serve.
BC Emergency Services paramedics and Esquimalt Fire Rescue were also called to the scene. Police have not released any further details about the incident.