BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted unanimously to approve trauma kits for the Baton Rouge Police Department.
$50,000 will be reallocated from the council budget to pay for the kits. They will allow BRPD officers to apply immediate medical attention to anyone who needs it in the field. The kits contain a combat application tourniquet, Z-fold gauze, compression "H" bandage, and a Hyfin twin pack chest seal.
A proposal to buy the kits was made shortly after the Lafayette Grand Theater 16 shooting. Authorities there were able to use trauma kits, which led Councilman John Delgado to ask for an investigation into the cost of the kits.
"Spending these public resources on such a relatively inexpensive lifesaving tool is a good decision, and I'm glad the Council supported this effort," Delgado said.