Bleeding and Shock Kit Project Aims to Protect Omahans from Mass Casualty Incidents
May 30, 2018
On Wednesday, May 30, Dustin Talacko, an Omaha firefighter and member of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 385, formally announced a new initiative aimed at protecting Omahans in the event of a mass casualty incident.
The Bleeding and Shock Kit Project will outfit 24 emergency response vehicles, including 16 medic units, seven battalion chief vehicles and one paramedic shift supervisor vehicle, with life-saving, mass casualty kits that will include:
- (1) Equipment Bag
- (12) Combat Application Tourniquets
- (12) Israeli Pressure Dressings
- (12) Occlusive Dressings
- (12) Decompression Needles
- (12) Gauze Rolls
- Trauma Sheers
- Koban Rolls
Talacko was joined by Dr. Eric Ernest, assistant professor of emergency medicine and assistant medical director of the Omaha Fire Department; Trauma Surgeon Dr. Mike Wagner from CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy; and Stacey Ocander, dean of health careers at Metropolitan Community College. Nebraska Medicine and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy have each donated $5,000 toward the project. Metropolitan Community College is supporting the initiative by ensuring educational partners have the materials they need to enhance the training of and response to any event.
Talacko was inspired to develop the project following this year’s Las Vegas concert shooting and an overall increase in mass casualty events throughout the country.
"As a first responder, I see firsthand the need to have kits like this readily available," said Talacko. "The vehicles we plan to equip are first on location in an emergency, and the early minutes of a crisis are the most critical when it comes to saving lives."
The First Responders Foundation will serve as fiscal agent of the project, allowing corporations to make a tax-deductible donation toward the kits. Anyone can make a donation by texting OFDKITS to 91999 to donate, or by visiting firstrespondersomaha.org/ofdkits.
Talacko’s goal is to raise the $25,000 needed for the kits by the beginning of this year’s College World Series on June 16.
Talacko said, "Lock-tight safety measures are already in place for the College World Series and other large events in Omaha, but if having these extra safeguards in place can save even one extra life – should the unthinkable happen – then they are a necessity."