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Posted on: July 23, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Pediatric Jump Kits for Portage County First Responders

Children deserve the best care in an emergency, so the Federation of Women’s Clubs and Emergency Medical Services for Children have offered efficient, well organized pediatric emergency kits to ambulance services in Wisconsin at a reduced group price.

All children deserve the best possible care in an emergency. To achieve this goal, the General
Federation of Women’s Clubs – Wisconsin (GFWC-WI) formed a partnership with Emergency Medical Services for Children – Wisconsin (EMSC-WI) to offer the most efficient, well organized pediatric emergency kits to all ambulance services in Wisconsin at a reduced group price. Clubs throughout the state raised funds which helped ambulance services obtain the pediatric jump kits. Presently, 98% of the ambulances in Wisconsin carry these kits. In Portage County, The GFWC Stevens Point Woman’s Club has already provided the kits to our ambulances.

Founded in 1895, the Club has a long tradition of community service including founding the first public library, the Meals on Wheels program and the beginnings of St. Michael’s Hospital. GFWC-Stevens Point has now turned their attention to the First Responders in Portage County. First Responders are the people in our communities who respond immediately when an emergency call comes in from their area. They are our friends and neighbors who accept this responsibility in addition their regular jobs. They assess emergencies and provide some immediate care until well equipped and staffed medical transport has the time to arrive. They are the first help offered and they should have the best possible chance to succeed when an emergency occurs.

When a child is injured, seconds are crucial in emergency treatment. A well organized pediatric jump kit tailored to the needs of a First Responder saves time and improves the care a child receives. With grants provided by the Women’s Fund of Portage County, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, the Koziol Family Fund and GFWC-WI, the GFWC Stevens Point Woman’s Club has arranged to provide 35 of the kits valued at more than $ 8,000.00 to First Responders in Portage County. Efforts will continue to provide approximately 65 more kits, so every First Responder is well equipped. If you are interested in helping raise the standard of care in pediatric emergencies, please contact us at PO Box 924, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or leave a message at 715-341-1235. Remember, “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. Its’ not.”- Dr. Suess.

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