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Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster has highlighted the importance of bleed kits after they were installed at several nightclubs and venues in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police officers have been helping to hand out the lifesaving kits in Digbeth with partners and charities.

It comes after the fatal stabbing of Cody Fisher on Boxing Day. The 23-year-old tragically died on the dancefloor of Crane nightclub, and the venue has since had its licence suspended.

PCSO Zoe Bishop and PC Mack Aujla joined charity volunteers, West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics, Colmore BID staff, fire service members and other partners to hand the kits out yesterday (10 January).

The bleed control kits include equipment such as tourniquets, bandages and gels which could prevent people from bleeding to death while waiting for paramedics to arrive. 

The Mill, Birmingham Mama Rouxs, The Mockingbird Cinema, The Rainbow, Birmingham Luna Springs and Zumhof Biergarten were all given the lifesaving equipment yesterday. 

The kits were donated by The Daniel Baird Foundation, a charity started by Lynne Baird after her son Daniel was murdered with a knife in Digbeth in July 2017.

Lynne said: “With the help of our supporters, and West Midlands Police, fire and ambulance we have donated 15 kits to Digbeth. We’re hoping to place more in future through our fundraising plans.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, said: “These lifesaving kits are a simple but clever idea, that provide users with the equipment and instructions to save a life.

“Having these kits at venues across the West Midlands can save lives. No-one should ever have to lose a loved one to knife crime.

“When someone is stabbed, getting treatment to stop the bleed as quickly as possible is essential. These kits help to control the bleed and buy time for an ambulance and expert medical help to arrive.”

If you come across someone that’s been wounded or is severely bleeding, call 999 and you will be directed to the nearest cabinet or bleed kit, they will have instructions to follow.

Find out how to use the kits here.

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