The City of London Police has expanded an innovative scheme that will introduce emergency trauma pack training to 60 police officers in the Square Mile, who will be trained to use the kits, which will be stored at various locations across London City.
Each pack is filled with specialist medical equipment to treat casualties. The locations of the packs are plotted on a map so that the police control room are able to make use of the packs in the event of a major incident.
The initial trauma pack scheme was launched last year. There are now almost 100 bags in various premises around the City and staff at all of these premises have received training in how to use them.
The kits, estimated at around £470, contain around 40 items, including face masks, batteries, ice packs, goggles, adhesive dressings, eye pads, and more.
Their upkeep, are the responsibility of the business that purchases them. They will be stored in a secure location within the business premises and each business will appoint a key holder, who can be contacted 24 hours a day should the kit be needed by officers.
Inspector Chris Hay from City of London Police, said, “We want to boost the ability of our frontline police officers to treat casualties in the event of a major incident. Unfortunately the threat from international terrorism is ‘severe’, meaning an attack on the UK is highly likely.
“First aid treatment, which is carried out within the first few moments following an attack can be life-saving. We hope to develop and continue our officer training and hope to increase the coverage of the packs throughout the city.”
The first group were trained by officers from Response Policing, Support Group, Community Policing and the Transport and Highways Operations Group.