Fort Kent ambulance service provides police with life-saving supplies

FORT KENT, Maine — Local police will have tools on hand to help the injured, thanks to a gift from Fort Kent emergency medical providers.

Ambulance Service Inc. on Monday provided the Fort Kent Police Department with life-saving first aid supplies to be carried in police cruisers.

First responders look after the community together and support one another toward that goal. So when Fort Kent Police Sgt. Cole Pelletier noticed that two of the department’s cruisers were in need of new first aid kits to treat possible life-threatening injuries, and the other two had some outdated or ineffective supplies, he reached out to ASI Assistant Director Josh Belanger. 

“He didn’t hesitate to help at all,” Pelletier said. 

Paramedic Don Eno delivered two new first aid kits and supplies to refresh the existing kits to be carried in the police department’s four patrol vehicles. 

“It’s a community outreach in general, to help keep our residents safe,” Eno said. “These guys are often the first on the scene. If they can effect some assistance, it’s better for the patient.” 

The kits are reinforced with supplies — including tourniquets, splints and compression dressings — which can help provide medical treatment in acts of violence, major traffic accidents or other traumatic situations involving bodily harm which police may encounter. 

“It’s important to have functionality and familiarity between all our police cruisers and that they are all outfitted the same for when our officers arrive on a scene when they need to use these tools,” Fort Kent Police Chief Michael DeLena said. 

“ASI has been fabulous to step forward and help us with the cause,” he said.

Fort Kent Police Sgt. Cole Pelletier (left) and Ambulance Service Inc. Paramedic Don Eno show first aid kits the ambulance service provided to be placed in Fort Kent Police Department patrol vehicles. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)


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