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Emergency doctor becomes Clallam deputy

An emergency medicine doctor at Olympic Medical Center is now a reserve deputy with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, able to respond to high-risk missions to provide medical assistance.

Dr. Arthur Tordini, a member of OMC's staff since 1986 and the emergency department since 1993, earned his badge after completing the law enforcement program at West Sound Regional Reserve Academy in Suquamish.

His training was sponsored by the Sheriff's Office so he could assume the role of "tactical medic" on the department's Tactical Team, sheriff's spokesman Jim Borte said in a news release.

Tordini now is a member of the nationwide Tactical Emergency Medicine Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Borte said.

"It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office to utilize Dr. Tordini's unique training to help preserve life by providing emergency medical care immediately to downed officers, citizens and suspects during high-risk missions or events," Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said.

"Dr. Tordini will also assist in the training of other officers in performing trauma care in the field when medical assistance is not available."

As a member of the Sheriff's Tactical Team, Tordini will participate in building entry during critical incidents, including serving high-risk warrants and barricaded suspects, and will be involved in the tracking of armed and/or dangerous individuals, Borte said.

Tordini's training included "tactical medicine," providing a forum for emergency physicians with an interest or expertise in tactical medical support. Tactical patient assessment, expedient extrication and evaluation, and self-defense also were included in the training.

Tactical medicine skills prepare medical professionals to accompany a SWAT unit safely into critical and high-risk environments, Borte said.

"Dr. Tordini's seasoned emergency medicine skills and proven ability to quickly and accurately assess life-threatening scenarios in the emergency department help qualify him for this special role," said Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer at Olympic Medical Center.

"Art understands deep commitment to a talented team for executing precision work and will offer unique capability for complex emergency rescues. We are proud to have him as a long-standing physician on our medical staff and very pleased to learn he will be working with the Clallam County Sheriff's Tactical Team. We want to congratulate him for achieving this new role."

Tordini will continue to work at OMC while serving as a reservist with the Sheriff's Office.

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