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Belt Trauma Kit. Photo: <a href="">Z-Medica</a>
Belt Trauma Kit. Photo: Z-Medica

Emergency kits distributed to New York officers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is spending $2.7 million in federal grant money to distribute advanced first aid kits law enforcement officers can wear on their belts.

The military-tested "belt trauma kits" made by Wallingford, Connecticut-Based Z-Medica include gauze, a tourniquet, gloves and a "CPR shield" to help rescuers safely deliver breaths to people in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

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State homeland security officials say more than 30,000 kits were purchased and almost two-thirds have been distributed to law enforcement agencies around the state.

The company says the belt kits will go to all law enforcement officers in the state outside of New York City.

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