Here Come the Police-Paramedics!

Humboldt General Hospital and the Winnemucca Police Department have partnered to create a new life-saving program in our community. The Winnemucca Police-Paramedic Program will utilize the skills of police officers, who are also paramedics, to first respond to medical emergencies in the community. Local law enforcement officers already respond first to emergencies in the community, initiating CPR or AED use as required. But HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer said with a paramedic, advanced care can begin right away without waiting for an ambulance. Brant Manley, who spent 2-1/2 years with HGH EMS Rescue, is on the job in a newly redesigned police cruiser that also has reflective "paramedic" signage on it. In his vehicle, he literally carries everything an ambulance has, although his drug bag has been modified somewhat to the kinds of things he will likely be responding to. His co-worker Jody Marvel isn't far behind and will soon become the second police-paramedic in the community. We're really proud of this program. It's life-saving, innovative and utilizes mutual resources to keep our residents safe. Great job HGH and WPD on your out-of-the-box thinking. Our photo: Pictured below, left to right, are HGH Chief of EMS Pat Songer, HGH CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish, Winnemucca Police Lieutenant Bill Dalley, Winnemucca Chief of Police Eric Silva and Winnemucca Police-Paramedic Officer Brant Manley.