Providing life-saving medical care at the scene of an emergency is the central objective of a new partnership between OSF HealthCare, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and first responders in Belvidere and Boone County.
Already a certified Tactical Response Team (TRT), commonly known as a SWAT team, the Belvidere Police Department working together with the Belvidere Fire and Boone County Sheriff’s Departments has been certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health as having incorporated Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) into their initial response police team.
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is the resource hospital for the Belvidere Police and Fire Departments and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Stephen Minore (Mihn-or-ee) is the Tactical Medicine Medical Director.
A first-of its-kind program in the area, TEMS is ready to provide medical care at the scene rather than having to move the patients to another area or an ambulance.
“This extra layer of training and certification will safeguard the entire Belvidere Tactical Response Team and those we would be removing from harm’s way”, says Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble.
Paramedic Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel participate in extensive tactical training with the Belvidere Police Tactical Response Team and are part of and deployed with the police tactical team to provide care to the police officers, victims and, at times, the offenders.
“Tactical Emergency Medicine has the potential to save lives and careers. OSF Healthcare has a long and proud history that includes Tactical Emergency Medicine”, says Dr. Jane Pearson, OSF EMS Medical Director. Further, she says, “The addition of the credentialed and experienced Dr. Minore as Medical Director is evidence of our commitment to assist and support law enforcement agencies in developing this important medical capability. Dr. Minore’s leadership will promote excellence in tactical emergency medicine through education, training and operational support”.