After advocating for new medical bags for years, the Duluth Fire Department has secured them.
All ten rigs have been given two new medical bags each.
“It was something that we had put in the budget years ago and it finally came through,” Captain Lisa Consie said. The new bags are bigger, brighter and more organized than the old bags. One is red and contains supplies for trauma response, while the other is blue and contains supplies for airway response.
“Our bags get a lot of use,” Consie said. “We carry them in the woods, we bring them into houses, they sit on the street when we do car accidents, so there’s a lot of wear and tear. We are very excited about the new bags!"
The new bags can also be worn as a backpack, rather than carried as a satchel, which could help firefighters respond to emergencies quicker.