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Upgrading FREC Kits: Enhancing Emergency Response Preparedness

Upgrading FREC Kits: Enhancing Emergency Response Preparedness

Posted by DS Medical on 12th Apr 2024

Upgrading FREC Kits: Enhancing Emergency Response Preparedness


In the dynamic field of emergency medical care, staying up-to-date with the latest equipment and protocols is crucial. DS Medical, a leading provider of medical supplies and training, recognises the importance of continuous improvement. In this blog post, we delve into DS Medical’s recent upgrade of its First Response Emergency Care (FREC) kits. Let’s explore how these enhancements are set to elevate emergency response capabilities.

FREC Kits Overview

DS Medical offers a range of FREC kits tailored to different levels of emergency responders. Whether you’re a first aider, a tactical team medic, or an advanced life support provider, there’s a FREC kit designed to meet your needs. Let’s focus on two key kits: FREC 3 and FREC 4.

FREC 3 First Response Emergency Care Kit

The FREC 3 kit is specifically designed for those who have completed a certified FREC 3 course. It contains essential trauma equipment to handle a variety of pre-hospital and emergency care scenarios. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Trauma Bandages: A 4" and a 6" trauma bandage for effective wound management.
  • Pulse Oximeter: Essential for monitoring oxygen saturation levels in patients.
  • Blast Bandage: Designed to control severe bleeding and protect wounds.
  • Chest Seal: Vital for treating open chest injuries.
  • CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet): An orange tourniquet for rapid haemorrhage control.
  • Haemostatic Gauze/Dressings: To manage bleeding effectively.
  • Bag & Mask (Single Use, Adult): Ensures proper ventilation during resuscitation.
  • Guedel Airways (Pack of 6): Facilitates airway management.
  • Nasopharyngeal Airways (6.0mm, 7.0mm, 8.0mm): For maintaining airway patency.
  • Lubricating Jelly (5g sachet): Essential for smooth insertion of airway devices.
  • Sam Sling Medium (81-127cm) or Prometheus Pelvic Splint
  • Body Fluid Spill Kit: Ensures safe handling of bodily fluids.
  • Disposable Suction Device: For clearing airways.
  • Toughcut Economy Shears: Cuts through clothing and materials swiftly.
  • Disposable Penlight (Pupil Gauge): Useful for assessing pupil reactions.
  • Microporous Tape (2.5cm x 10mtr): Secures dressings and tubing.
  • Ambu Perfit Ace Collar (Adult, Adjustable): Stabilizes cervical spine.
  • Sam Splint (Orange/Blue Flatpack): Immobilizes fractures and sprains.

FREC 4 First Response Emergency Care Kit

The FREC 4 kit builds upon the FREC 3, offering even more advanced equipment. It includes additional items such as specialized airway management tools, advanced dressings, and splints. If you’re a seasoned responder, the FREC 4 is your go-to kit for comprehensive emergency care.

The Upgrade

DS Medical’s recent upgrade focuses on several key aspects:

Equipment Enhancement: DS Medical has incorporated the latest trauma management tools, ensuring responders have access to the right kit by:

  • Added options of either a SAM Pelvic Splint or Prometheus Pelvic Binder.
  • Added: Thermarmour Emergency Thermal Blanket
  • Olaes swapped out for Emergency Care Bandages

Refill Options: FREC 3 and FREC 4 kits can now be purchased as refill kits, allowing existing users to update their kits without unnecessary duplication.

Ready-Kitted Solutions: DS Medical offers complete ready-kitted solutions, including optional ERB MKII Wipe Down PVC bags in various colours.


By upgrading its FREC kits, DS Medical reaffirms its commitment to excellence in emergency response. Whether you’re a paramedic, a first responder, or a tactical medic, having the right tools at your disposal can make all the difference. Stay prepared, stay vigilant, and trust DS Medical to provide the tools that save lives.

For more information, visit DS Medical’s FREC Kits.

Remember, in emergencies, every second counts. Choose DS Medical for reliable and effective solutions.