New TEMS unit looks to save lives

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WINNEBAGO (WREX) — A new unit called tactical emergency medical support will provide life-saving care for Winnebago County’s SWAT team.

The unit, known as TEMS, is part of an agreement between Winnebago County and the Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District.

Doctors will ride in the car with SWAT just in case the call turns violent. That way, medical attention is immediate and the officers don’t need to wait for treatment as they’re rushed to a hospital.

Sheriff Caruana calls the TEMS program “cutting edge.”

“I have one doctor who is an anesthesiologist, so if a situation should occur and they have to perform surgery, we have the technology right there at hand, at the scene, that can save lives, whoever’s lives that is,” Sheriff Caruana said.

The TEMS unit technically isn’t new to the area. It first launched 5 years ago, but was scaled back due to budget cuts. Now, Caruana says he’s thrilled it’s back in full force.

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