Oconee County are taining in basic first aid, specifically with tourniquets.
Oconee County Deputies are training in basic first aid, specifically with how to use a tourniquet to save a life.
"When officers get dispatched you never know what to anticipate and you never know what to expect," says Oconee County Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt.
All 85 deputies have been given a Downed Operator Kits created by Tactile Medical in Anderson. The kits include bandages, scissors, gloves a mask for CPR and a tourniquet.
"Tourniquets have shown that they not only can save a life but even if you apply one that does not mean that the individual later on is going to lose that limb," Watt says.
Bandages from the kit have already been used to save one man's life. A hiker accidentally shot himself in Oconee County this week. Deputies were able to help stop the bleeding using the bandages while waiting for more rescuers.
"I'm confident that our officers would not have tried that two months ago," says Captain Jeff Underwood.
Oconee County Sheriff's office made getting these kits a priority after Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis credited a tourniquet for saving a deputy's life after he had been shot.
Read More About How A Tourniquet Saved a Greenville Deputy: