Emergency supplies for small patientsWhen Superior firefighters respond to a child accident call, they no longer have to try to fit adult-sized splints, bandages, blood pressure cuffs or air masks on their small patients.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
When Superior firefighters respond to a child accident call, they no longer have to try to fit adult-sized splints, bandages, blood pressure cuffs or air masks on their small patients.
On Thursday, the Kiwanis Club of Superior gave the Superior Fire Department with three pediatric jump bags — sturdy kits filled with child-size supplies.
“It will help us better serve children in the community,” said Battalion Chief Scott Gordon. “It has everything we need for pediatric cases.”
Along with the filled bags — one for each fire hall — the donation included extra supplies for the kits. And the Kiwanis Club has similar bags stocked with pediatric supplies to hand over to rescue units in Gordon, Wascott and Hawthorne.
“It’s a good opportunity to get involved,” said Kiwanis President Jerry Choate. “We want to try to serve kids, support things having to do with kids.”
The Superior Kiwanis provided about $1,300 for the jump bags full of supplies. Their gift was part of a state-wide push to provide the bags to all emergency medical services in Wisconsin.
“I know the Kiwanis has been doing this statewide and has provided these bags to about 80 percent of the state of Wisconsin EMS providers,” said Superior Fire Chief Jim Rigstad. “It’s a great commitment to get these ped bags so that the EMS providers have the correct sized equipment for any size child that we have to deal with.”
The objective of the service organization is to bring aid to children in need. Kiwanis Club members raise funds for children’s programs like the Boys & Girls Club, Nutrition on Wheels, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Special Olympics and Head Start. In addition, they volunteer their time and energy to work with youth building gardens, cleaning highways, reading together and ringing bells. They also work with the Key Club at Superior High School.
For more information, visit www.superiorkiwanis.org/ public/index.aspx.