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New emergency kits to help save children

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -

The older kit was a one-size-fits-all approach. 
But now, thanks to a Woman's Club in Stevens Point, First Responders can use a new emergency kit to help children. 

When a child is injured having the right tools to help them is crucial. 
That's why first responders in Portage County are being equipped with a new kit, designed to save lives. 

"Kids aren't just little adults they need specialized equipment and specialized pieces of supplies," said Michael Fraley, a Portage County EMS. 

The General Federation of Woman's Clubs in Stevens Point provided Portage County with 8-thousand dollars to pay for the kits. 

"We've been able to fund 35 bags today for the first responders in  portage county," said Paula Schlice, the President of the Steven's Point Woman's Club. 

Organizers say the push to make the kits started last year, after a baby in Portage County died. 

"In response to a young child's death last year in November, I was made aware that the first responders in portage county could use better pediatric emergency equipment," said Paula.

And the new equipment is specifically geared for treating children. 

Plover Fire Department Captain Tim Cisewski said, "They really carried the equipment that was pertinent for adults and that would be adult cases, it could save a life."

That's the goal. Making sure every child in Portage County has the best chance at life. 

"Not every first responder will have a bag after today but we are not going to stop working until we make sure every first responder is appropriately equipped to save a life of a child in a medical emergency," said Paula.

Organizers say they'll continue to put the kits together. They plan to make 65 more of them within the next few months. 

 

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