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PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSON Police chiefs and administrators from area departments including the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown and Salisbury and South Whitehall townships gather at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, to receive specialized first responder emergency kits for their respective departments. Kits will be distributed to each officer and include the officer's name, department, badge number and blood type. PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSON Police chiefs and administrators from area departments including the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown and Salisbury and South Whitehall townships gather at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, to receive specialized first responder emergency kits for their respective departments. Kits will be distributed to each officer and include the officer's name, department, badge number and blood type.
City of Bethlehem Deputy Chief Todd Repsher and Sgt. Bob Urban are on hand for the symbolic awarding of emergency response kits to local police departments in a press event outside the emergency room at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township Sept. 10. City of Bethlehem Deputy Chief Todd Repsher and Sgt. Bob Urban are on hand for the symbolic awarding of emergency response kits to local police departments in a press event outside the emergency room at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township Sept. 10.
A ballistic blanket will be among the first responder tools now available to officers in Salisbury Township and other local police departments. Lehigh Valley Health Network donated the equipment. A ballistic blanket will be among the first responder tools now available to officers in Salisbury Township and other local police departments. Lehigh Valley Health Network donated the equipment.
Michael Wargo, administrator of Lehigh Valley Health Network's department of public safety and emergency operations, presents the first individual first aid kit to Chris Hendricks, an officer with the City of Allentown police department. Hendricks worked with Wargo and LVHN to bring the specialized emergency response kits to area police departments including the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and South Whitehall and Salisbury townships. Michael Wargo, administrator of Lehigh Valley Health Network's department of public safety and emergency operations, presents the first individual first aid kit to Chris Hendricks, an officer with the City of Allentown police department. Hendricks worked with Wargo and LVHN to bring the specialized emergency response kits to area police departments including the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and South Whitehall and Salisbury townships.

Salisbury Township Police

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Lehigh Valley Health Network donates IFAK kits to area police

Area police officers now have a new way to help when first on the scene.

In a press event Sept. 10 Michael Wargo of Lehigh Valley Health Network announced specialized emergency individual first aid kits will be given to every officer in police departments of the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and Salisbury and South Whitehall townships as part of National Preparedness Month.

The kits, modeled on equipment used in the armed forces, will attach to officers uniforms. Approximately the size of a shaving kit or average size makeup bag, the kit will include chest seals to treat penetrating chest wounds, an Isareli pressure trauma bandage, hemostatic dressings and a tourniquet.

"Definitely life saving tools," Sgt. Bob Urban of the city of Bethlehem Police Department said at the press event.

The kits will allow police officers, often first on the scene of a traumatic event, to begin treatment of an injured person or another officer who may be hurt. The police officer also may self administer with his or her kit if injured.

"Quite simply they save lives," Jeff Kuklinski, medical director for City of Allentown EMS, said of the kits. A military veteran, Kuklinski noted the kits are designed to address hemorrhagic injuries, injuries most frequently seen on the battlefield.

"It will allow us to save a life," Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said of the kits following the press event. "We will be able to do a lot more."

Each kit also will include an officer's name, department, badge number and blood type.

Approximately 600 kits will be distributed to officers in four departments.

Lehigh Valley Health Network also presented a ballistic blanket to police.

The blanket will take at least three officers to manuever and can be used as a shield in active shooter scenes or to provide cover to those wounded in such attacks, Stiles explained.

The Salisbury Township Police Department will have possession of the blanket.