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April 5, 2013

Emergency responder bill before Gov. Pence

Evansville — Legislation allowing law officers trained as emergency responders to use medical training in hostile situations has cleared the General Assembly and is awaiting Gov. Mike Pence's signature.

The bill would permit responders with law enforcement or emergency medical services agencies to use their life-saving medical skills in emergency situations. Proponents say the legislation addresses a murky legal area that's prevented trained emergency responders from using tactical emergency medicine in violent, hostile situations.

Evansville Police Officer Ryan Winters tells the Evansville Courier & Press state law currently limits what medical responders can do in situations such as a mass shooting scene.

He says currently SWAT team members would have to either wait until injured victims are moved to safety for treatment or wait until the scene is deemed safe.


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