GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — About 200 new emergency response kits will now be distributed across the state thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. West of Raleigh, the hospital works with troopers to make sure their EMS training is up to date.
East of Raleigh, Vidant Health trains troopers. It is unclear if the new kits will be distributed in ENC, but troopers in our region say they already have kits so they may better respond.
“They were used in Iraq and Afghanistan and it was a recommendation through the ranks and the officers sent up the request,” says Sgt. Scott Hammonds.
The emergency response kits carried in Troop A contain specific supplies that can help troopers respond to situations like gunshot wounds if they are first to arrive on the scene.
“These kits are vital,” says Hammonds. “They are very important to the trooper or the first responder.”
The kits contain gauze, a tourniquet and other potentially life-saving products. The N.C. Highway Patrol supplies the products for the troopers.
“All troopers are assigned this kit,” says Hammonds. “It’s in a describable, dignified bag and we have policies that state they are in reach of the driver, driver’s seat or within the door.”
Some troopers across the state have medical emergency response training. All troopers are CPR certified. Troopers in the east say the kits used in ENC do not require special training.