U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security partnered up in May to train game wardens and other law enforcement officers from rural communities on how to respond in tactical medical emergencies. Wardens are often the closest – and sometimes the only – first responders in rural areas.
Trainees were taught how to inspect an open bullet wound and how to seal a wound after packing. One instructor told officers they could use a range of plastic items, anything from medical grade plastic to an empty bag of chips, as long as four corners are taped to the victim's body.
Game wardens were trained on the safest and easiest ways to carry an injured person out of a dangerous area, all while holding a drawn weapon.
Bryce Dix contributed to this report.