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Fakenham paramedic and former police officer Al Moore is campaigning for life-saving bleed kits in community spaces

A paramedic and former police officer is campaigning to get life-saving equipment into town spaces.

Al Moore, from Fakenham, is calling for businesses and organisations to sponsor bleed kits in the town and the surrounding communities, in a similar way to public access defibrillators.

The lightweight kits contain specialist equipment such as dressings, gauze and tourniquets to help stop extreme blood loss before ambulance crews arrive.

Al is currently a paramedic and nurse, but worked for the police for 30 years
Al is currently a paramedic and nurse, but worked for the police for 30 years

“My vision would be that if you are a business sponsor, whether it goes down as a donation for charitable reasons or a community project, having a bleed cabinet for the community is perfect as it really says ‘we’re responsible community people’,” said Al, who is currently a paramedic and nurse.

Bleed kits can be used to save lives in a variety of circumstances including crashes, home accidents and workplace incidents.

Costing around £500 for a whole cabinet, Al is hoping to see them placed in locations such as accident hotspots, near farms and well-known areas.

“If somebody needs the assistance of a bleed kit, they’re relatively easy to use and the ambulance service can talk you through how to use it over the phone,” he added.

Al has since set up a Facebook page where he posts more information and updates on the project.

Those wanting to contribute can reach out to him here.

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