Marion Police and Fire Departments Introduce Tactical Medics
On June 7, the City of Marion announced a new partnership between its Police and Fire Departments, assigning four firefighter/paramedics to be part of the Special Response Team.
The partnership enhances the organization’s capabilities in the event of an active shooter or mass casualty incident in a school, park or business. The Marion Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) has coordinated with the Marion Fire Department to select firefighter/paramedics to serve on the team as tactical medics.
"We must be diligent and proactive to be able to save lives should a fateful incident occur in our community," said Fire Chief Deb Krebill. "It is important to have team members that can provide immediate medical care in a hostile environment and be able to extract victims from danger, while law enforcement is stabilizing the situation."
The ability to provide advanced trauma care in a hostile environment is critical to saving lives. The four firefighter/paramedics who will serve as tactical medics are: Jeff Hoover (team leader), Ryan Steffen, Nathan Rowe and Cody Oberfoell.
These firefighters underwent an extensive selection process and physical testing prior to being named tactical medics. In the coming months they will receive advanced training from nationally recognized instructors.