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Training in K-9 first aid important for LEOs

50 officers in Tuesday's training were given the animal equivalent of first aid kits so that they did not have to enter the field unprepared

By Anna Gallegos
Contra Costa Times

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Learning to find a pulse and perform chest compressions on their four-legged partners is not exactly standard police training, but it was important to the police officers and sheriff's deputies who practiced those skills Tuesday.

The voluntary training gave K-9 handlers from the Oakland Police Department, the Redwood City Police Department, the Dos Palos Police Department and other Northern California public safety agencies the chance to learn emergency medical techniques that could save the lives of the dogs that serve with them.

"The (officers) are going to be first responders, really," said Geri Schmutz, a volunteer with the Police & Working K-9 Foundation who volunteered her dogs to take part in the training. "Anything that happens to the officers can happen to (the dogs)."

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