BLAINE, Wash. — The Blaine Port of Entry’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection certified EMTs along with additional port personnel responded immediately to the scene of a rollover accident on Sunday. CBP EMTs provided immediate medical care to the victims along with CBP officers and managers who assisted in securing the scene.
The rollover occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. on the I-5 expressway directly above the Peace Arch Port of Entry. A CBP officer arrived on the scene and noticed the passenger had a large avulsion on her right palm with the skin completely removed. The officer immediately applied a trauma bandage to control the bleeding while providing direct pressure.
A CBP EMT completed a rapid trauma assessment on the driver and immediately stabilized the head and cervical spine.
The CBP EMTs and officers then provided ongoing care until the Whatcom County Fire Department arrived. Upon arrival, the Whatcom County fire department extricated both passengers and transported them to a hospital in Bellingham.
Additionally, throughout the incident CBP officers directed traffic to ensure the safety of the traveling public and first responders.
“CBP officers are well-trained and prepared to deal with a variety of medical emergencies,” said Area Port Director Ken Williams. “The CBP officers who immediately responded to this incident demonstrated CBP’s commitment to public safety. Their efforts are a perfect example of their dedication to the CBP mission and the community they serve.”
CBP Field Operations Officer EMTs are Federal law enforcement officers who are medically trained and nationally certified as Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics to provide prehospital emergency medical treatment in accordance with standards established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.