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“Our security officers are highly trained medical responders”

UVic email to students, the week of Sidney’s death

UVic Email to Students January 26, 2024

“Our officers responded immediately, and provided lifesaving first aid while waiting for emergency first responders to arrive. Our security officers met emergency first responders and got them to the location as quickly as possible. Although that day ended tragically, their efforts are commendable, and I am proud to work with such a caring team who show up every day to serve the campus community. “

Jessica Maclean, Director, Campus Security, May 2024

Our understanding of University of Victoria Campus security medical responses at the time of Sidney’s death:

  • Most security officers had OFA level 2 first aide training which they renew every 3 years.
  • Security officers receive Naloxone training when they are hired, but are not obliged to renew it.
  • They have no ongoing medical training that we are aware of beyond renewing their OFA level 2 certificate every 3 years.
  • There were no basic protocols on campus with how to respond to serious medical emergencies including a potential overdose or an unconscious student (there is a Naloxone sheet last revised in 2017 in their Standard Operating Procedures manual that describes Naloxone).
  • Campus security had no medical oversight.
  • There was no policy that campus security needed to contact 911 for medical emergencies.
  • They did not practice emergency scenarios to maintain their skills.
  • Security did not debrief any of their medical responses, they had no way of knowing if any of their medical responses are appropriate.
  • There was no dedicated dispatcher for Campus Security at the University of Victoria, the various security officers rotate through the role.
  • The first aid page on the campus website claims many of their security officers are trained paramedics when none of them are.
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