MORRISTOWN, NJ –Atlantic Health System developed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course for the Morris Township Police Department’s newly created Emergency Service Unit (ESU) that will train officers to initiate medical care and provide more advanced treatment in emergency situations.

“Often times, police are first to show up to emergency situations,” said John McGuinness, Chief of the Morris Township Police Department. “This training will allow us to best serve the residents of the Township of Morris because having trained police/EMT on the scene early means those in distress will receive medical attention before the ambulance arrives.”

The ESU officers will learn advanced lifesaving skills including the use of the defibrillator for people in cardiac arrest, Epi Pen administration for people having severe allergic reactions, Narcan (Naloxone) administration for people suffering from an opiate overdose, Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) breathing treatment, and special medical techniques for people who may have a spine injury. 

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“Atlantic Health System is pleased to partner with the Morris Township Police Department on this training initiative that will help improve the medical care in our community,” said Alan Robinson, Director of Protection and Security Services and Emergency Management for Atlantic Health System. “By designing a class that centers on the specific needs of first responders, we are able to enhance their lifesaving skills and improve the time it takes for medical treatment to begin.”

Morris Township Police participating in the training are Chief John McGuinness, Detective Christopher Tongring, and Patrolmen Clay Boeninghaus, Justin Crowell, Robert Hydock, and Diego Pinheiro. Lieutenant Mark DiCarlo created the Emergency Service Unit and worked with Atlantic Health System to develop the course.

The program is scheduled from May 2 through September 12, 2016 at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy on 500 West Hanover Ave. in Morristown and is open to other police fire departments.

Atlantic Health System’s Jim Smith, Director, Atlantic Ambulance, Phil J. Orfan, EMS Education Coordinator, and Scott Durlester, EMT Basic Coordinator, were instrumental in the development of the course.

For more information, contact Phil Orfan at 862-702-6659.