Stop the Bleed

Grant promotes MFD initiative

Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Trempe places a Stop the Bleed Kit into an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) case to be used in case of severe injury. Photo courtesy of Merrill Fire Department.

On Aug. 25, 2022, the Merrill Fire Department (MFD) announced the Department was awarded a $3,250 grant from North Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council (NCRTAC) to purchase Stop the Bleed kits.
A Stop the Bleed kit contains the necessary items to control serious bleeding and prevent further blood loss for a victim suffering a traumatic injury. In particular, 62 kits were purchased through the grant. These kits will be distributed throughout the Merrill community specifically to organizations and businesses that have public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). In addition to the kits, they will offer free Stop the Bleed training to businesses and organizations that request it.
The mission of NCRTAC is to reduce death, disability, and suffering from traumatic injuries and mass casualty events.
NCRTAC awards $10,000 annually in grants to support projects that align with their goals.
The Merrill Fire Department wrote the grant application for Stop the Bleed kits that could be stored with AEDs in the greater Merrill area.
“We recognize our community has embraced public access AEDs for years, so citizens are familiar with them and their locations. Adding Stop the Bleed kits to AED locations will better equip the public should the need arise to quickly treat a life-threatening traumatic injury,” said Fire Chief Josh Klug.
If your organization or business has an AED and would like a Stop the Bleed kit, or would like free Stop the Bleed training, please contact MFD’s Administrative Assistant at 715.536.2233 or email [email protected].

L to R: Firefighter/Paramedic Daylan Enkers and Firefighter/Paramedic Ross Witucki shown with the Merrill Fire Department supply of Stop the Bleed Kits obtained through the grant. Photo courtesy of Merrill Fire Department.

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