Active shooter JACOB Kits will be in Ferndale classrooms this fall

- Ferndale school district is giving students a chance at life if there is ever a shooting in any of its schools via JACOB kits.

There will be JACOB Kits in every classroom after the school district bought 220 of the small trauma kits made to stop the bleeding.

"Inside each kit is one tourniquets, six-inch trauma dressing, a double Hyfin vent chest seal," said Interim Police Chief Vince Palazzolo, Ferndale police.

The district says they expect to have them all in the classrooms before school starts this fall and they were started after a South Carolina boy was shot in school.

"In September 2016, a 6-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Hall was shot in an active shooter situation. The young boy took a round to the leg, he ultimately died three days later from a wound that if he had received immediate care, he would have survived."

Palazzolo found out about JACOB Kits when he recently attended a national conference and heard first hand from first responders who helped save lives in the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

"They used dozens and dozens of tourniquets and saved a lot of lives out there," he said. "So after I saw that presentation, I came back and said we have to put something together. got to put something together."

Each kit costs them about $50 and the city's school district ordered 220, purchasing them with profits from drug forfeiture funds.

Palazzolo hopes no one will ever have to use the kits inside, but he says they're necessary in the event of a school shooting.

"The minute that first shot is fired, you essentially have 10 to 12 to 15 minutes to get some life saving measures put on somebody who has been shot - or they are not going to make it," he said.

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