Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, has announced a Foundation grant of $9,735 to the Framingham Fire Department to help purchase public-access mass casualty kits to be made available in local schools for public use in emergency situations.
According to Chief of Department Joseph C. Hicks, the emergency medical kits will be strategically mounted throughout the public schools for immediate access, much like defibrillators. The kits will be available for immediate use by “civilians” before first responders arrive, Hicks said, and the Department has a goal to continue to place additional kits in the community. The department’s emergency medical services division will conduct a free training program in use of the materials as soon as they become available, he added.
“MutualOne is pleased to help the Fire Department put this new safety program into action,” said Haranas. “Having emergency medical kits available for instant access could potentially save lives in a matter of minutes, while help is on the way. We feel it is a wise investment to make for the safety of our students and the entire school population.”