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PCC: Our new bleed kits can help save lives

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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson explains why he is rolling out life-saving 'bleed kits' across the region.

West Midlands PCC David Jamieson

Violent crime has been rising across the country and here in the West Midlands we are not immune.

West Midlands Police statistics show an increase in knife crime of 85 per cent since 2012.

Last year, the force recorded 3,210 offences involving a knife. Fifty of these offences resulted in a death.

That is why I am funding the roll out of 400 Bleed Control Kits across the West Midlands.

On average, it takes an ambulance seven minutes to reach a patient. But bleeding from serious injuries – such as those suffered in a stabbing or shooting – can prove fatal in as little as three minutes.

A Bleed Control Kit can help save precious time until paramedics arrive at the scene and prevent catastrophic bleeding from leading to a fatality.

Every second counts and having a Bleed Control Kit available could mean the difference between life and death.

In July 2017, Daniel Baird was fatally stabbed while on a night out in Birmingham. There was no first aid or bleeding control kit available.

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While being driven to hospital, the 26-year-old sadly died.

Following Daniel’s tragic death, his mother Lynne began campaigning tirelessly for the roll out of Bleed Control Kits across Birmingham.

Lynne Baird runs The Daniel Baird Foundation in memory of her son. Her passionate campaigning prompted me to fund 50 Bleed Control Kits were distributed across Birmingham city centre in June this year.

The Daniel Baird Foundation campaigns for public access to Bleed Control Kits in areas which are vulnerable to violent crime.

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Lynne Baird has done an outstanding job campaigning so passionately for the distribution of Bleed Control Kits across Birmingham and more recently, Dudley in collaboration with Councillor Kieran Casey.

I want to pass on my thanks to local business owners who were willing to purchase the kits and install them on their premises.

Now, these life-saving packs will be available in towns and cities across the whole of the West Midlands.

The 400 new kits will be made available at key locations across the Black Country and the rest of the West Midlands.

If the roll out of these kits can help just one person, they will have proved a resounding success.

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