Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade completed the Heartsaver training program, a nationally recognized Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator usage program, Dec. 4 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
The Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services and the Bavaria Health Command facilitated the program here with the assistance of instructors from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
Staff Sgt. Justin A. Keown of the Bavaria Health Command, Sgt. Ryne A. Johnson of 2nd CR and Sgt. George P. Tolentino of 2nd CR instructed the Heartsaver course.
“The goal is to train all military police who work law enforcement which is likely over 600 Soldiers,” said Maj. Robert Cornfeld, the 18th MP Bde. surgeon.
Using a ‘train the trainer’ model, the 18th MP is currently training instructors who will then be able to provide training to their own units at the company level.
“One thing I like most about this training is the hands on learning session,” said Spc. Lisa A. Thomas, one of the 15 military police certified as Heartsavers.
“When my son was born, I was given doctrinal training on CPR at the hospital to use on him in emergencies but I never fully understood the concept,” she explained. “This training provided me the opportunity to have hands on practice. I now fully understand the need to have this life saving tool as an MP who is the first responder in emergencies.”
Equipping the MPs with medical techniques was an important addition to the law enforcement skills they already possess.
“This training is a vital cog in the comprehensive training of our military police,” said Cornfeld. “MPs are called on to perform a broad array of activities, from law enforcement to combat support operations including convoy security. This training provides another tool in their toolbox to keep our communities safe.”