New bleeding control kits hope to offer help in times of emergency

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Emergency responders in the La Crosse area are hoping a new kit can help in times of mass casualties.

Bleeding Control Tool kits are now apart of the arsenal for Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance and the La Crosse Fire Department.

The kits are readily available for community members with minimal training.

Each kit contains a variety of lifesaving tools such as tourniquets and shears.

Officials say one of the goals is to train people to respond to any bleeding emergency.

"When it comes to bleeding and trauma minutes count, and that's pretty obvious to even the untrained rescuer. So with these kits in the community available for people that have some training on them, even if they're not professionally trained EMS people, they can be very effective with these kits," said La Crosse Fire Department Captain Jim Hillcoat.

The kits were donated to several emergency services across Western Wisconsin.

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