BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A local Sheriff’s Office is being issued first-of-its-kind trauma kits and medical bags at NO cost to county tax payers.
“It would take a lot of weight off of EMS,” says BCSO Train of Director Scott Usry, “what the training would do along with the equipment is it actually helps us get the personnel that are needing help– get help faster”
“Then, if something happens, they’re able to take care of it,” says Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, “so even if it’s a delayed response of 3 minutes. That could help save a life”
Through the federal government’s 10-33 program, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office in now able to fully equip every Deputy with medical supplies, and it’s done at no cost to you, the taxpayer.
“And that program is designed to for law enforcement agencies across the nation to be able to get surplus equipment from the military,” says Usry.
These kits are the first-of-its-kind to allow officers to potentially save their own lives, as well as the lives of others involved in traumatic situations.
Usry tells us, “We relied alot on EMS, there were some officers that did carry medical supplies around with them but we cant say every officer did.”
Each trauma kit comes vacuum sealed for sanitary reason. The kit contains a tourniquet, combat gauzes, sheers, medical tape, and much more, giving officers the opportunity to be prepared when they arrive on the scene before an ambulance.
“Anything that we can do to better be prepared for ourselves and for the citizens that we serve, especially if we can do it with out having to spend direct tax money within the county, thats a great accomplishment,” says Blanchard.
“So the quicker we can get someone help, the more likely they are to survive the situation which is always the goal,” says Usry.
Training to use the kits are ongoing.
And if they need to re-supply immediately, instead of getting the items from the military, they can build the kits themselves.