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12/5/2013 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 12/5/2013 1:54:57 PM CENTRAL
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Perry County Memorial Hospital Announces the TASER Facility Protection Program (TFP)

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) announces the incorporation of the TASER® Facility Protection Program (TFP) within their overall security and safety curriculum.  In addition to its current security team, the TFP provides non-security hospital staff with a reliable, smart and effective means of protection for employees to utilize, if necessary.  Concern regarding the safety of public facilities has encouraged PCMH to provide a serious, safe, accountable and effective defensive option with the TASER® X2 Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW).


TASER International’s Training Department provided comprehensive training to the PCMH staff who have access to the biometric vaults holding the Tasers.  The TFP solution includes annual training and CEW maintenance.  TFP is an option that provides an additional capability, which complements PCMH’s current security program. 


“We’re proud to be the first non-security hospital personnel able to enhance our safety program using the Taser Facility Protection solution,” said Lee Clinton, Vice President of Operations at PCMH.  “The safety of our employees and patients is first and foremost.  Although we have a security team at Perry County Memorial Hospital, we felt the need to enhance our staff with the TFP option.”


“We aren’t training end-users to actively seek out aggressors during an incident, but rather seek safe refuge and use the TASER CEW as a means of protection from the unthinkable,” said Rick Guilbault, Vice President of Training and Education for TASER International.  “This isn’t a replacement for an armed or unarmed security officer, but it does provide an additional capability which compliments other options.  The Tasers are locked securely in safes with biometric fingerprint access.  Only trained staff members will be able to retrieve these life-saving tools and use them under strict policies and procedures.”


In addition, the PCMH security guards will carry a Taser while on duty.  “Unfortunately, there are times when people enter the facility under significant stress, under the influence of drugs, or in an acute psychological crisis; and we take our responsibility to maintain a safe-environment for all patients very seriously.  As such, we believe the implementation of security officers carrying Tasers and the non-security staff training in the Taser Facility Protection program will assist us in providing the safest environment possible for everyone” said Clinton.


About Perry County Memorial Hospital


Perry County Health System, dba Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, critical access hospital located in Perryville, Missouri.  Perry County Health System includes Perry County Memorial Hospital, the physician practices found on the PCMH campus, Perry County Dialysis and Counseling Center, Perry County Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Prescriptions Plus Pharmacy and more.  PCMH is committed to providing quality healthcare to the community, and has been in operation since 1951. 


About TASER Facility Protection


TASER Facility Protection provides a reliable, smart and effective means of stopping assailants in public areas. TASER CEWs use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement/correctional officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. TASER International was founded in September 1993 and has remained committed to providing solutions which Protect Life, Protect Truth, and Protect Family.