There are plenty of scenarios in which first aid kits come in handy. Indeed, in some cases, their presence can be life saving. Wherever there are people, there is a risk that a medical emergency will arise. From accidents that cause broken bones to unexpected events like heart attacks, strokes and so on, there are a plethora of potential incidents.
Of course, in some circumstances, the likelihood that medical provisions will be needed is higher than in others.
For example, people can be particularly vulnerable to problems when they’ve been drinking alcohol. When individuals are drunk, they tend to lose their inhibitions and engage in more risk-taking behaviour. Also, they lose their coordination and, if they take it particularly far, they risk poisoning themselves or collapsing.
With this in mind, an initiative has been launched in Huddersfield to help consumers who are feeling the ill-effects of drink. Volunteers are giving up a few hours of their Friday and Saturday nights to provide assistance to revellers, the Huddersfield Examiner reports.
Dubbed Street Angels, these people wear luminous orange jackets and carry certain medical supplies.
Explaining the scheme
The organiser of this project is Dianne Hughes and she noted that team leaders carry walkie talkies and link up to CCTV operators to help ensure they’re in the right place at the right time.
She added: “We carry small first aid kits, bottles of water, biscuits, ‘sick bags’ and flip flops in case girls lose their shoes. Our route takes us around the town covering most of the town centre streets, where there is a lot of activity. There is a serious side to our work as sometimes we do have to help people who are really very much the worse for drink.”
Ms Hughes added: “We are usually briefed by the police at the start of the evening who tell us if there is anything going on in town that we ought to be aware of, areas of particular activity.”
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