Medford, Ore. — First responders will spend Thursday afternoon learning how to provide treatment for injured K-9 officers.
Medford Police and fire paramedics will receive training from a local veterinarian on how to triage their four legged partners in case they become injured in the line of duty. The Medford Police Department said this training is important because dog officers are just as vulnerable to threats as their human counterparts.
“It’s the first aid that we need when we’re on the streets that would definitely help save our dogs lives potentially,” Officer Paul Mellgren said.
Medford police have three dogs in their K-9 unit, including one drug dog and two used for patrol.