The Westworth Village Police Department in cooperation with MedStar EMS began training in a new program that equips Westworth Village Police Officers as first responders for medical emergencies. All Westworth Village officers are now required to complete training as an Emergency Care Attendant, a recognized certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The ECA certification is the minimum certification level to staff an ambulance in Texas. Once certified, Westworth Officers will be better equipped to assist in calls for emergency medical assistance. Since officers are on patrol 24 hours a day, their response time will put trained medical assistance on scene faster than under current protocols.
Westworth Officers are being trained by MedStar paramedics who are certified in providing EMS training. Officers will undergo over 70 hours of training including riding with MedStar paramedics on an ambulance. Officers are trained in areas such as CPR, shock management, Automatic External Defibrillator use, airway management, child birth, treating lacerations, punctures, abrasions and burns, as well as many other areas.
The training is taking place over a six-week period with completion expected in mid February.