Deputies and officers from across Nebraska simulated worst-case scenarios Monday in a trailer near Air Park in an effort to sharpen their combat medical skills.

"These are en vogue now," said Craig Schneider, a Lincoln firearms instructor who helped lead the training for about 20.

The tourniquet training, at the Lincoln Police Department's shooting range in northwest Lincoln, was the first hosted by the Nebraska Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.

And to Schneider, the timing is critical.

Law enforcement involved in deadly-force encounters or responding to active-shooter incidents may need to apply this life or limb-saving method long before medical help arrives, he said.

Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama used his own belt as a tourniquet on a staffer shot during baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week, The Hill reported.

Zach Barth, the staffer who was shot in the leg, has since been released from the hospital, CBS News reported.

On Monday, officers applied their training to scenarios in which they were ambushed and another where they aided a fellow officer who was shot.

All Lincoln police and Lancaster County Sheriff's deputies carry tourniquets with them.

"When in doubt, whip it out," is the mindset officers need on tourniquets, said Schneider, who carries a neon orange tourniquet with him everywhere.

And a mother of five in one of his concealed carry classes said she might consider adopting one since they discussed the topic, Schneider said.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Cpl. Merit Newman attended the training with another member from his department.

Cross-training with other officers improves education in his department, where so far no one has had to use a tourniquet, Newman said.

Sometimes there's only two or three deputies patrolling Lincoln County's 2,800 square miles, Newman said.

Most deputies there have purchased their own tourniquets, the corporal said. But the department may upgrade equipment for its deputies soon.

Sharing ideas about emergency response was another bonus of Monday's events even though what police in rural and urban areas encounter may be vastly different, he said.

"But the end concepts and results are the same," he said.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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