Approaching 200 people have been trained to use the specialist medical kits that Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) has purchased.
These potentially lifesaving kits have been distributed to around 50 venues in Nottingham city centre as well as to Nottingham BID’s team of street ambassadors, the street pastors, NTU’s Night Owls, the city centre neighbourhood policing teams, CPOs, British Transport Police, Community First Responders and other organisations that operate around the city.
All venues have also been given a window sticker to display to help people identify where they are located.
Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service have been provided with a list of these venues too.
Several free training sessions have already been organised by Nottingham BID with others planned. The training has been delivered by Adam Brooks, Clinical Director of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, based at Queen’s Medical Centre and his team.
The next training session is taking place on 31 July 2019. Venues must send a representative to the training session to be eligible for a free medical kit.
Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham BID, the organisation behind the initiative said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see the incredible uptake amongst BID members for the training and the deployment of the medical kits. While it is our fervent hope that these kits never have to be used, the reality of cities in the UK means that their deployment is a sensible precaution.”
Inspector Anwaar Ahmed, Inspector at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Nottinghamshire Police and partners work extremely hard to prevent and enforce against violent crime and this initiative is a great example of partners coming together to come up with an innovative response to the issue that could potentially save lives.
“If the worst should happen and someone is seriously injured by violence or a serious accident these medical packs will ensure victims can be given swift treatment on the spot while the emergency services are on their way.”
Adam Brooks, Clinical Director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, said: “As the region’s Major Trauma Centre, we are pleased to join up with our partners in the city, including the Police and Nottingham Business Improvement District, to tackle violent crime, including knife crime. We have trained around 200 members of our local community on how to use life-saving training kits in just over two months, which could prevent unnecessary injury or loss of life, and have plans to expand this training even further in the months to come.”
Lexcie Richards, Risk & Safety Advisor of DHP Family said: “DHP Family is committed to ensuring our customers are safe in our venues and the Medical Kit training will now be part of the measures we put in place to equip our venue teams with the best knowledge and training available, to work alongside our medics and the Drinkaware Club Crew who are trained to spot vulnerability. Hosting the sessions at Rock City allowed us to open the training sessions up to other businesses in Nottingham, as well as to DHP Family venue managers, security teams and our head office staff meaning we can work together on community safety. We now have 17 staff members trained, plus security from each of our Nottingham venues. The feedback from those who took part was immensely positive and I’ve found it’s a subject that our managers really feel engaged with.”
“McDonald’s are very happy to work with the BID on this great Medical Kit initiative. Anything that we can do to look after our customers day and night is very welcome,” said Jerry Nicholls, McDonalds Nottingham Franchisee, Blades Restaurants Ltd