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Governor Signs First Responder Bill

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a bill giving first responders more tools to help treat disaster victims. State Senator Vaneta Becker of Evansville says she's relieved this got approved so quickly, especially in light of the bombings in Boston. Becker says House Bill 1111 enhances the authority and ability of first responders to practice tactical emergency medicine, which means care provided in the field instead of a hospital – usually in a crisis environment, like a natural disaster. Under current law, members of law enforcement and other organizations who are trained to practice emergency medicine are sometimes prohibited from treating disaster victims on site. The measure passed both the Senate and House unanimously and takes effect immediately.
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