WINNIPEG -- A group of paramedics in Winnipeg have now been trained to provide medical care to the Winnipeg police’s K9 unit in the event of an emergency.

According to a news release, the paramedics who provide pre-hospital medical support for the police’s tactical support team are now trained to provide pre-hospital medical care for police dogs. It says it provides “peace of mind” for the dogs’ handlers to know that medical care is nearby if a dog is hurt.

The paramedics will provide the medical aid before and while the dog is en route to a veterinarian. 

The training was completed through consultations with Winnipeg police, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, the police’s K9 and tactical support units, the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association, and Bridgwater Veterinary Hospitall.