Grant from Walmart to Oswego Fire Protection Department (OFPD) Provides Bleeding Control Kits to All SD 308 Schools
Every year, Walmart generously provides grants to both the Oswego Police Department (OPD) and the Oswego Fire Protection District (OFPD). The grant awarded this year to the OFPD ($5,000) was used to purchase 150 Bleeding Control Kits to be distributed among all of the schools in the district. “Walmart has been a great support to the Oswego Fire Protection District,” said Mike Vesseling, Oswego Fire Chief. Each Bleeding Control Kit includes: permanent marker, gloves, tourniquet, emergency bandage, trauma shears, and compressed gauze.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) introduced the national public awareness program Stop The Bleed in 2015. The number 1 cause of preventable death after an injury is bleeding. The items contained in the Bleeding Control Kits help to improve an individual's survivability. “The tourniquets that are contained in the Bleeding Control Kits are very simple to operate. An individual is able to apply the pressure and then lock it into place with a velcro strap. If the tourniquet needs to be tightened or pressure released, it can be done easily through the movement of the velcro strap,” said Mike Vesseling, Oswego Fire Chief.
A bill has been introduced in the US Senate to expand access to bleeding control kits across the country, with Illinois being one of the first 8 states to introduce and enact legislation taking into account the principles of the Stop The Bleed program. “We are excited to get these kits out into our buildings and placed in the AED stations,” said Dr. John Sparlin, superintendent of schools. “This is the perfect example of multiple entities working together for a great cause.”