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Afghan Police receiving first-aid training in effort to reduce mortality rate

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cnews.canoe.ca
November 22, 2007

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

CAMP NATHAN SMITH, Afghanistan – For the first time members of the Afghan National Police are receiving emergency first aid training to take into the field.

The ANP are being touted as a key component of the Afghan security forces charged with providing an exit strategy for Canadian and NATO troops to eventually leave the war-torn country.

RCMP Cpl. Barry Pitcher, who is involved in the training, said for every Afghan soldier who dies – there are 27 members of the Afghan police who are killed in battles with the Taliban.

He hopes the two-day course will help cut the mortality rate in half.

Pitcher says he realized the training was a necessity a few months ago when he discovered an injured Afghan policeman in the field.

He had been shot four times in fights with the Taliban and his only treatment was having his wounds stuffed with tampons by his fellow officers to help control the bleeding.

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Written by afghandevnews

November 23, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Posted in Security

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