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Paramedics get same protective equipment as tactical officers

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New TEMS Paramedics Dan Aitken, left, and Brigitte Comte, centre, wearing the same protective gear as the Tactical Support Team member from the Winnipeg Police Service.

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New TEMS Paramedics Dan Aitken, left, and Brigitte Comte, centre, wearing the same protective gear as the Tactical Support Team member from the Winnipeg Police Service. Photo Store

Next time police go into a high risk situation --- maybe even right this very minute --- specially-trained and outfitted paramedics will be right beside them.

The tactical emergency support team (TEMS) unit has 10 members each decked out in the same 70 pounds of protective equipment that police wear, including helmets, vests, shin guards, and gas masks.

Until now, paramedics have had to hang back at least a half a block away while police dealt with serious situations, often with someone already injured.

Advanced tactical paramedic Dan Aitken told reporters this afternoon that it will be akin to being a combat medic. They’ll be stationed at Portage Avenue, performing normal duties until there’s a crisis call.

 

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