Police, Navy join together for emergency medical training

EVERETT — Local police and Naval Station Everett formed a new partnership this year to expand officers’ training for medical emergencies.

Most police in Snohomish County coordinate their mandatory annual training together to save resources.

For the first time in 2012, part of that training was taught by U.S. Navy hospital corpsmen based in Everett, said Cheol Kang, a Mukilteo police officer and Navy reserve commander.

The hospital corpsmen taught local officers the sophisticated, real-world medical techniques they’ve learned in combat situations, beyond “cookie-cutter first aid,” Kang said.

“(They) bring some of their knowledge and training they’ve had to us, the other first-line folks back at home,” he said.

The trainers were Michael Henebry, Matthew Fairbanks, Joshua Thornbloom, John Strough, Brandon Dumas, Cody Schaff, Andrew Nicolas, Manuel Reyes and Amran Hajiomar.

In November, they received certificates of appreciation for their efforts.

The training was coordinated by Kang and Everett police Sgt. Ryan Dalberg. They hope to add it again in future years, Kang said.

Participating officers came from Arlington, Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Tulalip.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

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