The Dallas Police Department is the 2015 General Safety Award winner for their Downed Officer Kit (DOK) program. More than 3500 DOKs have been issued, and DPD has multiple success stories under its belt. Every officer with public contact has been issued a DOK and trained to use these lifesaving kits. Find more info about the kit here.
We recently were written about a deputy from a North Carolina Sheriff’s Office using his SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a man who was shot multiple times by burglars. His injuries included two wounds to his left arm, severing his brachial artery. The deputy, also a TCCC instructor, arrived first on the scene well in advance of EMS. With the victim rapidly bleeding out, the deputy successfully stopped the bleeding with his tourniquet. The victim survived his injuries and is alive today thanks to the deputy’s swift actions. He continues to carry a SOF-T and encourages his peers to do the same.
Last August, a Milwaukee police officer used her SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a victim who was shot in the left thigh, resulting in an injury with spurting red blood. She recently wrote to tell us her experience- Having received training through a TEMS course and being first on the scene, she applied her tourniquet prior to the arrival of the fire department. Now she regularly promotes the importance of tourniquets to her coworkers and new recruits when she teaches at the academy, telling them that her SOF®TT-W helped her save a life and could potentially save their own. Great work by this Milwaukee officer.
NEW PRODUCT: TacMed’s PMK (Pocket Medical Kit) provides law enforcement officers with the necessary medical equipment to immediately treat life-threatening traumatic injuries. Contents include a SOF® Tourniquet Wide in Rescue Orange, a Beacon Chest Seal, elastic bandage, and gloves. It can be packed with QuikClot Combat Gauze LE or compressed gauze. Click over to our website for more info.
Ithaca Police Department hosts a “Citizen’s Police Academy” Program during which local citizens get an inside glimpse in to Ithaca PD. The most recent session focused on emergency medical treatment. Trained in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Ithaca officers carry trauma kits containing potentially lifesaving gear such as SOF® Tourniquets, combat gauze, and gloves. More information can be viewed here.
NEW PRODUCT: TacMed’s AFAK (Adaptive First Aid Kit) is a compact kit that provides the individual soldier or law enforcement officer with the necessary lifesaving equipment, such as the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet, OLAES® Modular Bandage, chest seal, and nasal airway, to effectively treat traumatic injuries. MOLLE-compatible with multiple mounting options and an included tourniquet strap system, the user can prioritize equipment layout and take advantage of unused space. More information about the AFAK can be viewed here.
Wisconsin’s Chippewa Falls Police Department recently used a SOF® Tactical Tourniquet – Wide to help save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself in the leg. “The push is to equip law enforcement officers so they can preserve life until further medical support can be given.” All LEOs in Chippewa County are equipped with kits containing the tourniquet, a chest seal, and a nasal tube. More information can be viewed here.
Every year, freelance journalists are killed and injured covering events in their own countries.Yet many have no access to medical training and lack the skills to know what to do in an emergency. Last September, the Trust funded a 3-day medical and trauma training workshop for freelance journalists living and working in Northern Iraq. Watch the video to see their training with TacMed™ Solutions Operator IFAKs and why this training is important. More information can be found here.
Syracuse Police Department sergeants recently saved the life of a man struck in the femoral artery by a stray bullet. Syracuse Police were trained and equipped with SOF® Tactical Tourniquets last spring after the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services made the tourniquets available to officers statewide. Medical staff told the officers that their actions had “unequivocally saved the man’s life.” To read more from the officer on the importance of having his tourniquet and training, click here.
Dallas Police Department officers used a tourniquet and gauze from their TacMed™ Downed Officer Kits to help save the lives of two teenagers that were seriously wounded by gunshots. One public info officer said, “We are very proud of our officers and the actions they took to administer first aid to the victims. The tactical medical kits all officers carry have proved to be invaluable once again.” More details on the shooting can be viewed here.