First responders blow off steam after learning new techniques

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Thursday, Caprock Emergency partnered with local Helicopter hunting business Helibacon, to entice first responders to learn new techniques and have some fun.

Brazos County first responders let off a little steam Thursday at Tonkaway Ranch.

Caprock Emergency hosted its second annual First Responder Symposium, where various local physicians gave lectures on the latest literature and updates in trauma care.

"We talk about new medication, new therapies for trauma, any kind of care that they may encounter out in the street or in a mass casuality situation," said Dr. Andy Williams from Caprock Emergency.

"It gives our guys a great opportunity to see the newthings that are going on in trauma," said Bryan Fire EMS Chief Cory Matthews.

Matthews said having all of our local first responders on the same page when it comes to techniques ensures future patients will receive cohesive care.

"Our medical director has made our protocols match up to the exact same thing the hospital will be giving these patients," said Matthews. "We're just giving it earlier, which is better for the patients. "

After the learning, came the fun. Local business Helibacon was on hand to let everyone participate in high flying shooting activities for the entire afternoon.

Matthews said the camaraderie it builds between the agencies is right on target.

"Learning who we're going to be working with is great. So when we show up on the scene, we recognize the people, we can go up and talk to them by first name and we can interact and work better together," said Matthews.

State Representative Kyle Kacal donated his ranch for Thursday's event.