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New IN law allows trained responders to give immediate care in emergencies

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A new Indiana law allows police officers and other specially trained emergency responders to provide immediate care in situations like the Boston bombings. 

Care, that before only paramedics could provide.

This comes into play in situations like the Boston bombings or in the case of a mass shooting, like the one in Newtown.

It allows licensed tactical emergency responders to help victims right on scene when there's no time to wait.

In the case of a violent attack or a mass shooting, Evansville police officer Ryan Winters said it could take more than 15 minutes to get trained paramedics on scene.

"In a hostile situation, ambulances and fire departments aren't going to be let into the scene for quite some time," Winters said.

But a bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence this week allows tactical medics, like Winters, to give crucial life-saving care before a crime scene is secure.

"It allows them to go into a hostile area and it allows them to use certain advanced medical skills," Winters told 14 News. "Every second counts and these skills will allow an individual to, it gives them the best chance to survive." 

Winters is one of four local officers who recently completed training to help save victims, suspects, and even their fellow officers.

"It's a first step in allowing them the peace of mind more than anything, to know that they can take care of victims," Indiana State Representative Wendy McNamara said.

"Seconds matter and if we have to wait several minutes to clear a scene to let EMS, it could be too late for some people. It allows us to immediately start helping them and trying to save their life," Winter said.

The law applies only to first responders who have completed tactical medical training.

The bill was signed into effect on Monday.

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