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Franklin Co. Sheriff Reserve Deputies Train with MedStar

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PASCO, Wash.-   A MedStar emergency response helicopter made a special landing Thursday in Pasco and caused quite the sand storm, but it was all for training purposes.

Franklin County Sheriff Reserve Deputies, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Dispatchers trained with MedStar to learn how to set up landing zones for a medical chopper to arrive at the scene of an accident.

Law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on scene and act and in those critical moments.  They say communication is key.

Franklin County Sheriff Reserve Officer Devin Alder, who works for Metro Aviation says, law enforcement officers are typically the first to arrive on the scene of an accident and communication is key.  "They're the first responders. They're going to know first hand what's there. power lines and things that we have here today. They're going to know the condition of the patient. They can relay that information to the nurses so they already know what they're going to need. It gets the patient better care quicker," said Alder.

The training was not a required course.  Deputies and dispatchers say they just wanted to make sure they know how to help in a real life medical emergency.

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