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Posted on: June 25, 2019


Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Gutierrez and Baird present the Sugarloaf School “Stop The Bleed” box th

Monroe County Fire Rescue mounted “Stop The Bleed” boxes at 13 locations throughout Monroe County this week in areas close to schools and parks

The boxes are mounted to utility poles located just outside of the “hot zone” at key locations that can be safely accessed during an emergency. Each mounted box contains thirty stop the bleed kits inside. Each kit includes four essential emergency items: a tourniquet, a quick-clot dressing, a Kling bandage, and gloves. The boxes are secured with a combination lock that 9-1-1 dispatchers can give to first responders or trained individuals in an emergency to access the kits

The program is funded through a Florida Keys Health Ready Coalition grant and supported by the Florida Keys Electric Co-op and Keys Energy Services

“In this day and age, we need to have an extra stash of critical items located outside of large assemblies throughout the County for those just-in-case times,” said Monroe County Fire Rescue Captain Andrea Thompson, who helped coordinate the grant. “To have the resources readily available should an unfortunate event happen where there are mass injuries could mean a matter of life or death for those involved.

According to Thompson, the second phase of the project will include a “Stop The Bleed” how-to video for the public and hands-on training in the schools. Tourniquet application training is also done during the "Heroes Among Us" CPR and bystander aid training that is offered throughout the year to community members.

“Stop The Bleed” boxes can be found on the utility pole at these locations:

  • Key Largo School
  • Coral Shores High School in Tavernier
  • Founders Park in Islamorada
  • Marathon High School
  • Marathon Community Park/Stanley Switlik Elementary School
  • Key Deer Blvd stop light
  • Big Pine Community Park
  • Sugarloaf School
  • Florida Keys Community College/Gerald Adams Elementary School on Stock Island
  • Poinciana Elementary School in Key West
  • Key West High School
  • Horace O’Bryant Middle School/Bay View Park in Key West
  • Monroe County Fire Rescue Mobile Mass Casualty Trailer