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Specialist first aid kits are handed out in memory of Daniel.

A new pilot scheme to equip city centre businesses and late night venues with specialist first aid kits has been launched.

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership (BCSP) has been working with campaigner Lynne Baird, of The Daniel Baird Foundation, to develop and deliver the kits to a variety of locations across.

The foundation was set up by the family after he was fatally stabbed while out with friends in Birmingham on July 8, 2017.

There was no first aid or bleed control kit available, and Daniel died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding.

On average it takes a priority ambulance seven minutes to reach a patient, but bleeding from serious injuries - such as those suffered in a stabbing, shooting, or car or industrial accident - can prove fatal in as little as three to five minutes.

These bleed control kits can help save vital minutes until paramedics arrive at the scene.

The BCSP received PS4,000 from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson to purchase 50 kits, which will be distributed to a various businesses and late night venues Staff at venues will receive training on these kits, and people who call 999 will be directed to the nearest kit and talked through how to use it by WMAS's call centre Trauma Team.

Mr Jamieson, who funded the initial rollout of these kits, said: "Lynne Baird has done a fantastic job campaigning so passionately for the small life-saving packs to be rolled out across Birmingham.

"They are relatively inexpensive and if they help just one person they will have proved a resounding success.

"Lynne's efforts are to be admired and I'm delighted to have been able to help, even in just a small way."

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2019
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