2017-05-17 / For The Record

Burke deputies receive new medical trauma kits


Pictured are Burke County Sheriff’s Office employees, from left, K-9 CST Deputy Calvin Davis, Deputy Heathery Ivey, Deputy Michael Murphey and CST Deputy Kris McKenzie. Pictured are Burke County Sheriff’s Office employees, from left, K-9 CST Deputy Calvin Davis, Deputy Heathery Ivey, Deputy Michael Murphey and CST Deputy Kris McKenzie. Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were recently issued new trauma kits/medical bags through the federal government 10-33 program which the agency joined in February of this year. The 10-33 program was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 as part of the U.S. Government’s Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services (DLA) to transfer excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Sept. 23, 1996.

“It’s nice to be able to fully equip every deputy in our agency with much needed medical supplies at no cost to our county tax payers,” Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said.

Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said that each medical kit contains gauze, bandages, sheers, nasopharyngeal airway, medical tape, Neosporin, tourniquets and other medical supplies. “These supplies allow officers to potentially save their own lives as well as the lives of others involved in traumatic situations,” he said.

Deputies currently receive basic first aid and CPR training yearly. However, since Sheriff Williams has increased the training hours from the 20 required by the state to 60 for all Burke County deputies, Lt. Scott Usry in the training division is scheduling a Tactical Combat Casualty Course in which deputies will learn self-administered first aid procedures for gun shot or stab wounds as well as other potential trauma situations.

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