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First responders practice first aid to save themselves

GUTHRIE, Okla. - First responders learned how to help themselves in the event of an emergency, during a training session in Logan County.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians taught firefighters, police officers and paramedics how to apply first aid quickly should they become injured during an emergency.

"It's designed to help save themselves first and then treat someone else second," said Guthrie Medical Director Dr. Bill Worden. "It's unfortunate in today's environment that law enforcement has become a target. And so for them to protect and serve the people that they're out there protecting, they have to be able to treat themselves in the event they're injured."

Participants learned to apply tourniquets to their own limbs, pack wounds and other basic first aid.

"It's one of those things like insurance on your car," said Worden. "Until you need it, you don't know that you need it. I hope we never have to use the things we're taught today, but if we do I know these guys are going to be ready."

The Center for Prehospital & Disaster Medicine and the Oklahoma EMS for Children Resource Center helped fund the training, which has never been done before in Logan County.