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B.E.C.O.N. developer meets the creators of the JACOBS Kit Initiative

In the research completed for the creation of the B.E.C.O.N. program, staff found the JACOBS Kit Initiative, founded by Daniel Byrne and his wife Angela.

The trauma kit was named after Jacob Hall, a 6-year-old student wounded in a 2016 school shooting in Townsville, SC. An off-duty firefighter was able to tackle and subdue the shooter, but not until one of the stray bullets struck Jacob Hall.

Jacob survived the wound but died three days later due to massive blood loss. Burton chose to name the kit after Jacob not only to remember him, but also to emphasize to teachers and staff the importance of the kit and their training.

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With community resiliency and the national preparedness system in mind, Daniel Byrne and his wife felt  there were continued risks within the response system that needed to be addressed to efficiently mitigate a school shooting. The primary risk  identified during and after an active shooter event, was the delay in medical treatment of the wounded. They wanted to get the point across that “You are the help until help arrives”.

Nathan Harmon, creator of the B.E.C.O.N. program, contacted Daniel Byrne to get more information about his initiative. The primary goal was to get the JACOBS Kit and Stop the Bleed (STB) program to as many schools and community service facilities as possible. Daniel described the contents of the JACOBS kit: 1- CAT 2 tourniquet, 1 pressure bandage/dressing, 2 pks. of packing guaze, 2 pair of gloves, a pair of scissors and 2 chest seals all neatly packaged in a highly visible small red bag that is extremely cost effective at $46.98, made exclusively by North American Rescue.

These Kits can be strategically located tin easily accessible locations hroughout any building and classroom.  After speaking with Daniel Byrne, it was immediately obvious that this training and kit be shared with as many communities as possible and incorporated within one of the workshops the B.E.C.O.N. program does during their training courses.  The B.E.C.O.N. program prides itself on providing the most relevant cost effective hands on training it can, whereas the students can get their hands on things and practice to walk away from the course with increased confidence and retention of the B.E.C.O.N. strategies.

As a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Harmon felt it was time to bring the JACOBS Kit initiative in front of committee in West Virginia. Unanimously, the LEPC agreed to the initiative and subsequently formed the Stop the Bleed Sub-Committee. Harmon was asked to chair the committee. The subcommittee has had growing success and participation from members, incorporating innovative ideas and seeking grant funding resources to help. Since the sub-committee’s inception in February 2019, it has received Congressional recognition.

Harmon was asked to speak about the initiative on Oct. 8th – 12th 2019 Firehouse Expo in Nashville TN.  He met Byrne and his wife Angela in person for the first time. Harmon states: "Words cannot describe how rewarding it was to meet everyone and speak on behalf of the JACOBS Kit Initiative. Most important in the effort is getting the information out to masses. A personal thank you goes out to Daniel Byrne and his wife Angela for inviting me as your guest, our newly found friendship and making me and our B.E.C.O.N. program part of the JACOBS Kit Initiative family."