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Life-saving first aid kits added to TIA

Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 22:28:38-04
The Tucson airport is preparing to handle emergency trauma situations in their terminals. The move comes as part of a nation-wide effort called #StopTheBleed.
The campaign is aimed at preventing death from blood loss in emergency situations similar to the Brussels airport attacks that killed 35 and injured hundreds of victims back in March.
The Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department added four kits in their main terminal. The kits can be found in the AED cases already in place throughout the airport.  
"If you know how to use it you can access the device, it sets off an alarm which notifies the airport authority personnel who can respond to where you are and you can go ahead and intervene," said Dennis Rowe with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. "They'll come to assist you taking care of the person that you're trying to take care of."
The kits include a pressure bandage, tourniquet and other items that are easily accessible to the public. TIA representatives say they hope to add more kits in the future.