Protective Services Product Expert Jerry Immler Says Slimmed-Down First-Aid Kits are Now Mandatory for Armed Guards

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On Latest Podcast on Protective Services Leadership Insights, Immler Says New Threats Mean Guards Must be Prepared to Administer Aid on their Own

First Aid Kit

One of the things we’ve picked up on from the military in recent years is that soldiers are surviving battlefield injuries because of the use of individual first-aid kits. You can call it “self-aid.

On a new podcast found on the Protective Services Leadership Insights section of the Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA) web site, protective services and security gear and product expert Jerry Immler said an essential item for public safety workers is easy-to-handle, individual first-aid kits. Formerly traumatic incidents or injuries to persons were left to paramedics and the fire service to handle. However the need for “self-aid” for protective service or law enforcement has become a priority and has resulted in “re-thinking” the first-aid kit, Immler said.

Immler said, “One of the things we’ve picked up on from the military in recent years is that soldiers are surviving battlefield injuries because of the use of individual first-aid kits. You can call it “self-aid.”

He said first responders typically had a large first-aid kit that was mainly focused on handling cuts, scrapes and minor burns. “What we’re finding are those types of things do not need as much immediate attention as a gunshot wound would, for example.”

Immler said that with the new generation of first-aid kits, if you get injured you can treat yourself, to a certain degree, and minimize long-term effects. “This will at least give you a little more time to get to a care facility, whether that’s in the field or the hospital down the street.”

He also said that size reductions in kit design are making this viable. “One of the things we’re seeing is that first aid kits are becoming smaller. For example, they’re able to fit into a pants pocket or maybe a cargo pocket on a uniform.”

Jerry Immler is a recognized expert on protective services equipment, gear, and supplies. In his role as retail sales manager at the PSTA, Jerry reviews thousands of new, interesting, and state-of-the-art product offerings including weapons and ammunition, clothing, accessories, and training supplies. He regularly posts insights on products, gear, and technologies that affect military, law enforcement, and protective services officers.

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