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The BALET, established in 2016, is a designated agency fund, managed and administered by the Blair Area Community Foundation (BACF). The trauma kits are the trust's first fundraising project. Using funds from the BALET, the Blair Police Department (BPD) will purchase a total of 12 small kits will be placed in patrol officers' vehicles. Police leadership will carry a total of five large kits. Donations to the BALET for the trauma kits came from individuals, a Walmart grant and from Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS), which presented $1,340. The BACF also donated $1,275.
MCH&HS invited Lt. Aaron Barrow of the BPD to attend its armed intruder/active shooter training because police officers would be one of the first to respond to the scene of a shooting incident. According to the MCH&HS Foundation, employees learned that many of the victims in shooting incidents "might have survived had the first on the scene and into the 'hot zone' could have administered quick and simple first aid while the scene was being secured."
"When looking at each entity's response, we quickly learned if the Blair Police Department were to respond to an incident of active shooter/armed intruder in our community, not just the hospital, they did not have the appropriate tools to help prepare victims for rescue and transport to the medical center," the Foundation stated in a release.
The MCH&HS trauma coordinator obtained a few donations of supplies from the Nebraska Medicine trauma team, and the BPD requested grant dollars to obtain the balance of supplies: 12 thigh rigs, four sling packs and four litters (portable stretchers). The thigh rigs contain quick-use medical supplies, like gloves, trauma sheers and tourniquets. The litters attach to the sling packs and provide a quick way to move victims out of a "hot zone" and to a safer location for emergency medical technicians to treat them.
Shown above are members of the MCH Foundation, Blair Police Department, and the Blair Area Community Foundation.