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Life-saving kits to be used by Chippewa County officers, deputies

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Chippewa Falls police officers will soon have a new tool for their belt.

"Same as the defibrillators that we have in the cars. Same concept. If we have access to it, it can only help," said Sgt. Ryan Douglas of the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

Thanks to the Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, or CHIP, a new life-saving kit will soon accompany all sheriffs deputies and police officers in Chippewa County.

"They're typically on duty by themselves. They're usually the first to respond to an emergency situation. So if they're alone and they were to receive some type of serious wound like a gunshot, we want them to be able to self administer care until someone else can get there to help them," said Rhonda Brown, Director of CHIP.

The kits will include a tourniquet, chest seal, and airway opener. All of the items could be used by officers on themselves or to help a victim until emergency crews arrive.

"A puncture wound to the chest or a gunshot wound where we would have to settle the situation down and make sure it's safe to get in there," Douglas explained.

Officers will be trained on how to use each of the tools in the coming weeks.

"It's more knowledge based versus time based. Once they understand how to implement it very quickly, under a minute, they will be good to go and be able to carry them in the community," said John Bowe, the Chippewa Falls Fire Inspector who is helping train officers.

A total of 140 kits will be put together, meaning each law enforcement officer in the county will have the ability to save themselves and those they serve.

"If someone is wounded in action, they can bleed to death in under three minutes. These basic materials will help them sustain and not only save their own life, but get back in the fight and continue to protect themselves and others," Bowe said.

$7,000 in grants and donations from several Chippewa Falls businesses and organizations helped to pay for the kits. They should be ready for use next month.

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