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Wisconsin fire dept. raising money for trauma kits in schools

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

The Marshfield Fire Department is trying to raise $17,000 to buy trauma kits they can put in all of the area schools.

The kits include a tourniquet, bandages and gauze to help stop the bleed in case of a school shooting, or some other kind of tragedy.

"Statistically people who are involved in traumatic events, whether it's a mass casualty, an active shooter event, those that die it's usually statistically because they bleed out," said Marshfield Fire Chief Scott Owen.

Owen said the department is looking to buy 300 kits for the schools. It's part of a national campaign called Stop the Bleed that aims to educate the public on how to stop the bleeding whether it's a stabbing or a shooting. The department decided to take that idea to the schools.

"Two of our firefighters who were watching the Parkland, Florida events unfold where 17 people were killed, they sat there and frankly became frustrated that these are going on and there's very little we can do until we get on scene," said Owen.

Owen added that the hope is to train faculty and staff on using the kits and then hopefully train any students who would like to learn as well.

"We hope we never need to use it, we hope that they sit there on the shelves, but it's kinda like the extinguisher or AED in the school, it's there in case you need it," said Owen.

They hope to have the kits purchased by July so they can do the training and get the kits in classrooms before the start of the school year.

Right now, the department has raised roughly $5,000. If you would like to donate, you can drop off or mail a check to the Marshfield Fire Department, or click on this link here.

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