Through the 2016-2017 Central West MCC/Regional Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition Grant, the Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management has been awarded and received EMS Tactical Kits for distribution to EMS agencies in the county. CFARS received 6 of these kits, each of which contain four (4) C.A.T. G7 Tourniquets, eight (8) HyFin Vented Chest Seal dressings, four (4) Quick Clot Combat Gauze packs, and four (4) Emergency Bandages (AKA Israeli Bandages) all packaged in a nylon rescue fanny pack that can be quickly attached and worn around the waist of an EMS provider.
"It is certainly apparent that life threatening bleeding can occur from everyday emergencies such as motor vehicle crashes, incidents involving farming equipment or public transportation, accidental injuries from weather related incidents", stated Andrew Camp, Hunterdon County's Emergency Management EMS Coordinator. He added "Natural disasters, as well as inflicted injuries from man - made disasters, such as shootings, stabbings and bombings are why these kits were custom designed to provide EMS personnel with essential hemorrhage control equipment that allows them to quickly and efficiently treat immediate life-threatening bleeding".
In addition, Personal Protective Equipment on our first due ambulances now include ballistic level vests and helmets for those who have received specialized training on how to respond to incidents
Through several Federally funded training programs, our members have recently attended National Preparedness Training programs both here in New Jersey, as well as in Alabama, Texas and Nevada.