Webb County Sheriff's deputies have undergone additional training to be better equipped to serve the county.
With Webb County being the sixth largest county in Texas, ambulance response times could be lengthy for rural residents. That's when the new training by Sheriff's deputies will come in handy.
From head to toe, Sgt. Felix Nunez and other deputies are well equipped to handle emergencies. Now, there's a new weapon in their arsenal. Sgt. Felix says, "Our deputies could now start giving standard first aid, adult CPR, child CPR, and maybe even utilize the AED machines that we will be carrying around in our patrol units."
Recently, 75 deputies went through medical training provided by Angel Care Ambulance Services and the Webb County Fire Department. Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Brenda Medina says the training will go a long way, "So, now are deputies are more prepared for the critical medial emergency that may arise."
The Webb County Sheriff's Department serves six municipalities and over ten highways. That means when you call with an emergency, you might see one of their units respond before you see an ambulance. With this training, deputies hope to be of more help the patient, and to the medical staff that shows up to treat them. Sgt. Nunez adds, "By us being out there on the streets, we respond faster than the ambulance because we're out there patrolling the highways. We're able to treat the victim, and advise the ambulance what they're going to be expecting."
Sgt. Nunez says since the training they've already had a couple of incidents where their new skills have been put to use.
Angel Care is the ambulance service that is under contract with the county.