First Aid Kits donated to cops
Fifteen first-aid emergency-response trauma bags were presented to the Jamaica Constabulary Force by the Kiwanis Club of Liguanea, in collaboration with the Community & Workers of Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union, on Friday.
The donation marks the first time police service vehicles will be equipped with first-aid kits.
"Every police officer is a trained first-aider, and it is our first responsibility to take care of the injured at scenes," Dr Carl Williams, commissioner of police, said at the presentation ceremony held at the Office of the Commissioner of Police in St Andrew.
"No matter how well trained we are, if we don't have the proper tools, then we will not get very far. This donation represents a landmark move in equipping the police, and could very well mean the difference between life and death in accident or disaster situations."
President of the Kiwanis Club of Liguanea, David Ellis' own training in mass casualty response, coupled with Jamaica's high rate of road accidents, spurred him to initiate this project. He said the club, which has encouraged safety on the roads through programmes such as 'Buckle Up Jamaica' and 'Don't Text 'n' Drive', thought it fitting to equip the police with first-aid kits in light of them often being the first-responders to road accident.