ARLINGTON — Armstrong Ambulance team members recently took part in a special training focused on providing critical aid to police K-9s injured in the line of duty.
On Tuesday, June 28, Armstrong hosted K-9 first aid training at its Arlington headquarters. Armstrong partnered with the Arlington Police Department’s K-9 Officer, Mike Hogan, who brought his personal dog, Ivy, to support the effort. The training was led by Dr. Beth Eisenberg of the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn. It was coordinated by Armstrong Field Operations Manager Victor Marchese.
The training is meant to align with a recent change to Massachusetts state law — Nero’s Law — which now permits ambulance operators to treat and transport police K-9s. The law is named after K-9 Nero, the retired partner of the late Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty in 2018 while serving a warrant.
Eisenberg led Armstrong EMTs through an in-depth series of exercises on how to treat and transport police K-9s injured in the line of duty. She highlighted the specific techniques first responders would need to splint an injured leg, bandage a wound and control hemorrhaging, assess vital signs, administer an IV, muzzle an injured K-9, and perform CPR. She also highlighted the proper way to transport an injured K-9 via ambulance.
Prior to the passage of Nero’s Law, emergency medical providers were forbidden from rendering aid or providing transport for K-9s injured in the line of duty.
“This is an important skill for our team to have, and we’re grateful to Victor for making it possible, and to Dr. Eisenberg, Officer Hogan, and Ivy for taking part in helping our team learn,” Armstrong CEO Rich Raymond said. “Nero’s Law is a positive step forward and, while these are skills we hope to never need, it’s essential that first responders be prepared to provide life-saving aid.”
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