FOP wants to raise $150K to put trauma kits in hands of every officer
90% survival when kits applied in first 6 minutes
Last Updated: 106 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The Fraternal Order of Police Foundation has set a goal of raising $150,000 to equip each police officer with a life-saving trauma kit.
The kits consist of simple tools, scissors, an airway and a military-style bandage. But in the right hands, the equipment can save lives.
"So, if there is an injured officer or an injured civilian, this can be given to them, this is what you need and these are the steps you need to do it," Dr. Andrew Stevens, Deputy Medical Director for IEMS, said.
The kits cost $100 each. The Fraternal Order of Police is trying to raise $150,000 to put the trauma kits into the hands of every officer in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The trauma kits are more expensive because they're durable with uncommon strength. If police find themselves hunkered down in place during a fire fight, the kits can be thrown like a football to officers who need them,
Five years ago, a police officer and army veteran had his own homemade trauma kit that he used to treat Officer Jason Fishburn, who was shot twice by a fleeing murder suspect. The officer's training and the trauma kit saved Fishburn's life.
"And because of the tools and time that was saved in getting that bag on him and sustaining his vitals, Jason Fishburn, with the prayers of the community, is alive today and is now moving forward with his family," Fishburn’s father, Dennis Fishburn said.
A far-east side church began the fundraising effort to buy 200 trauma kits. That effort grew into a department-wide effort.
"The importance is that every officer out on the street knows that our community loves them, cares about them and is involved in this project to probably save lives," Pastor Christopher Holland, of The Father’s House, said.
When the kit is applied within the first six minutes of a serious trauma, the victim has 90 percent chance of survival.
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