Goleta man donates lifesaving trauma kits for first responders

Mark Linehan: "It is the least we can do..."

Goleta man donates lifesaving trauma...

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Every second counts especially during emergencies where there are people who are injured. 

50 first responders serving in Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will receive lifesaving trauma kits to help injured victims. The deputies are located west of Santa Barbara including Isla Vista and Goleta. 

"This kit would allow deputies to provide some initial first aid on a larger scale than they are currently equipped to do," said Valerie Kushnerov, Goleta Community Relations Manager. 

Law enforcement officers are typically the first people on scene. In large-scale emergencies, it can take awhile for medics to enter the area. If there are any people injured, it would be wise for them to have adequate equipment to help them.

Mark Linehan, the owner of Camino Real Marketplace, has been a vital member of the Goleta Community. Linehan serves as a member alongside two Goleta City Councilmembers on the public fund committee. Since 2008, he has donated more than $1 million to help emergency personnel and residents. He donated the amount needed to purchase the 50 trauma kits. 

"We have and continue to support public safety in Goleta as well as in the greater Santa Barbara County. Goleta continues to be ranked as one of the top 50 safest cites in the State and we are enjoy being able to support and help in continuing this achievement. Given the continued difficulties our public safety organizations and people that work for them have in obtaining funding, it is the least we can do to help secure items that increase both their personal safety as well as the public's safety at large," said Mark Linehan.

Kelly Hoover, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, says the trauma kits will be used in addition to kits the deputies are currently using.

The kits would also allow deputies to treat themselves if they are wounded in the field. 

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