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Traffic Stop Shows Importance of Keeping a Tourniquet Handy | Active Self Protection

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In this episode of Active Self Protection, John talks about an officer-involved shooting that teaches very important lessons, including the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day, the concept of staying in the fight and winning no matter how badly injured you are, and the importance of having medical skills and keeping medical equipment on your person, so that you have it when you need it. All self-defenders need not only firearm skills, but first aid skills and equipment.

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In the dash cam video of a police patrol car shown, the officer follows a car that’s been hitting mailboxes. He asks the driver to pull the car over and step out of the vehicle. In response, the driver shoots at him multiple times in the legs. His partner, who was waiting in the car, calls it in before getting out to apprehend the shooter. Afterwards, he immediately goes to his partner to deliver first aid. He takes out the emergency first aid kit from the car and put on a tourniquet on his injured partner, which would later save his life. It took about 9 minutes before EMS got to the scene after receiving the call for help. This shows just how important it is to have a first aid kit nearby.

You have to make sure that you have emergency medical skills and that you know what to do in times of emergency. Stay in the fight no matter what. Be ready for anything. Put those shots on target and then when it’s all over, take care of yourself. Have the medical skills at your disposal and keep your tools close at hand. You may not have someone to help you like the officer in the video, so you should keep emergency equipment on your person. A traffic stop can go sideways in the blink of an eye and having a lifesaving tool like a tourniquet handy can be as important as having a firearm on you.

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