LEMOORE — In the event of a major injury or trauma, minutes can be what stands between life and death.
Many times a police officer is the first on scene at an accident, and to help officers better assist those injured Leprino Foods donated $4,500 to the Lemoore Police Officer’s Association (LPOA) so that Lemoore officers would have trauma kits for each officer.
The kits include two tourniquets, a heavy duty bandage, two chest seals and QuikClot. All of these items are used in different situations to stop bleeding. All officers have a first aid kit that does not include the items in the trauma kit.
The kits were purchased from the Visalia Police Officer’s Foundation as part of its “Kits for Cops” program.
The first-aid kits officers are given are not equipped to handle some of the injuries police see like stabbings and shootings, said Thomas Higgins, the executive director of the Visalia Police Officer’s Foundation.
Higgins said the foundation’s program was first just to give trauma kits to officers in Tulare County but has now expanded to Kings County. The foundation hopes to expand in Fresno County too.
“These kits could literally save a life,” Higgins said.
Mark Pescatore, a corporal for Lemoore Police Department and board member for LPOA, said all Lemoore officers have access to a trauma kit. There are also extras in case more officers are hired.
Pescatore said the kits are not in use yet because officers have not received training on how to use the items in the kit. The training is not scheduled yet and will come from emergency personnel from Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
Each kit costs $100. Higgins said they have received donations from businesses, community organizations and individuals. He said the foundation is not making a profit on this program and that every dollar goes toward buying kits.
Pescatore said the kits have a shelf life of around five years.