Today, it’s becoming more important for first responders to be prepared to perform emergency care on themselves or someone else at the scene of an incident. The battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq have proven that immediate effective care was critical to saving lives. Having the supplies readily available is the secret to success. A large first-aid kit in the car will probably be too far away for officers who have trekked to a wreck or find themselves deep in a building, the scene of a mass shooting.
Law enforcement officers will readily confirm that the precious real estate on their duty belt is already overbooked and each item is needed. However, supplies need to be with the officer, packed together for fumble-free ease of access. This is where The Safariland Group and the Sons Trauma Kit from Phokus Research Group come into play.
The Safariland Group announced that it would begin distributing Phokus Research Group’s Sons Trauma Kits, and this should come as no surprise, given The Safariland Group’s 50-year commitment to provide lifesaving necessities to police officers, military personnel and non-commissioned citizens. The Sons Trauma Kit is designed with body armor wearers in mind, providing a way for first responders to keep trauma treatment supplies close at hand without sacrificing space on their duty belts.
The Safariland Group felt the Sons Trauma Kit was a natural extension of its body armor line because the “product is not merely carried, but is ‘worn’ as an extension of the user’s ballistic vest.” The kit is designed for easy removal when stored behind a ballistic trauma plate, beneath concealable armor or other storage locations. The Sons Trauma Kit’s design resists environmental threats (water and sweat) that might damage the supplies by the use of heavy-duty, medical-grade vinyl that is machine-pressure sealed with RF-welded seams and completed with a pull-tab opening. A ripcord system helps make deploying the kit’s contents quick.
Of course, because of Phokus and The Safariland Group’s insistence on supplying only the best gear, Sons Trauma Kits comply with Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines and protocols. All kits are designed to last 24 to 30 months, and they’ve been combat proven in Afghanistan and Iraq for four years.
The two basic units available are the First Responder Trauma Kit and the Low Visibility First Responder Trauma Kit. The First Responder Trauma Kit measures 9 by 12 inches and less than 1-inch thick. It weighs approximately half a pound. This version is ideal for tactical teams to wear in their vest plate pocket behind the operator’s ballistic plate. The First Responder Low Visibility Trauma Kit measures 6 by 9 inches and less than 1-inch thick, and it also weighs approximately half a pound. This kit is ideal for patrol officers to insert into the soft trauma plate pocket of their concealable vest, store in a glove compartment, insert into a cargo pants pocket or keep in a gear bag. Variants of the First Responder and Low Visibility kits will include occlusive bandages and/or clotting gauze.
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