Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. announced that the city has acquired 46 hemorrhage control kits designed to help first responders administer medical aid after an event involving explosives or ballistics.
The kits were provided by the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) and paid for by state and federal grants. The kits include tourniquets, Israeli bandages, hemostatic gauze, and other lifesaving items.
“First response is critical during emergency situations in which there is the prospect of mass casualties,” said Mayor Bettencourt. “Hemorrhage control kits are a valuable tool for emergency medical personnel and can help save lives.”
The kits have been distributed to various departments throughout the city including Public Health, Police and Fire, Schools, Emergency Management, Public Services, Council on Aging, and the Library.