FAIRBANKS, Alaska This week borough employees received training on new kits being put in borough buildings including the Big Dipper, and the Noel Wein library. 'Stop the Bleed' kits are part of a national initiative started after the Sandy Hook shooting to put bleeding control kits in public areas where a tragic event might happen.
"We're not only looking at active shooter situations, we're looking at improvised explosives, a major earthquake, where there's a collapse and people get pinned and trapped, and are traumatically injured. These kits could mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost," said Brad Paulson, Emergency Services Administrator.
Paulson says these kits are made so that anyone in the public can use them in an emergency situation, without medical training. They are offering training to borough employees and soon the public, so that they can be better prepared.
"I feel empowered frankly. That training was fantastic, he did it in a very entertaining fashion. I think it probably helps people learn better if they are able to calmly think about it before they might actually have to use these kits," said Melissa Harter , Library Director, FNSB Public Libraries.
Paulson clarifies that these kits are not standard first aid kits and should not be used for day to day small cuts, but for massive bleeding that could be life threatening.
"It's not terribly exciting what these kits might represent, but I think we need to be prepared for any situation which we may encounter here," said Steve Taylor, Recreations Superintendent for the borough.
Although Paulson and participants echoed that they hope they will never have to use one of these kits, they will be prepared if they do. "It gives me a peace of mind, it's something that I worry about, every minute of every day, with today's world, so it's very important that staff is trained and in turn, that public is aware that these kits are available for them to help in an emergency, as well," said Harter.
Paulson says the borough is currently trying to acquire more kits to put one in each school and conduct trainings for the public.