Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-02-23
Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) and Mini First Aid Kit (MFAK)
Issue Date:25 March 2020Effective Date:25 March 2020
Rescinds:13 March 2019 Version
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) Pouch
This specification continues the use of the Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) pouch and prescribes the minimum required contents to be carried or worn by a Department member that has completed Chicago Police Department's Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course.
  • A.DESIGN:
    The IFAK pouch will use an attachment system that allows attachment to a 2 ¼ inch Sam-Brown-type equipment belt, ballistic nylon duty belt, or the Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) overshirt carrier. The pouch will have a three-sided zippered opening and the front may have a first aid cross on the front for immediate recognition.
  • B.MATERIAL:
    The IFAK pouch will be constructed from 100% Cordura nylon.
  • C.COLOR:
    All exposed surfaces of the IFAK pouch will be black in color.
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    The IFAK pouch will be constructed of one or more pieces and allow for attachment directly to the MOLLE overshirt carrier or duty belt. The pouch dimensions will not exceed eight inches in height, six inches in width, and four inches in thickness.
  • E.FINISH:
    The finish of the IFAK pouch will be black in color, free of defects, and will be smooth without basket weave or high-gloss finish.
  • F.MINIMUM REQUIRED CONTENTS:
    The minimum required products and equipment contained inside the IFAK pouch will be consistent with the current Chicago Police Department's Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course.
  • G.MANUFACTURER'S LABEL:
    All IFAK pouches will be permanently labeled with the manufacturer country of origin, size, fiber content, and care instructions.
  • H.RECORDS:
    The Training Division will retain the class attendance cards completed by attending members or submitted valid certifications and will include this information on members' training records.
II.Mini First Aid Kit (MFAK)
This specification introduces the addition optional equipment and use of the Mini First Aid Kit (MFAK) pouch. This specification also prescribes the minimum required contents to be carried or worn by a Department member that has completed the Chicago Police Department's Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course.
  • A.DESIGN:

    The MFAK pouch will use an attachment system that allows attachment to a three inch Sam-Brown-type equipment belt, ballistic nylon duty belt, or the Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) overshirt carrier. The pouch will have a two-sided zippered opening creating easy access from both ends of the pouch. The front of the MFAK pouch may have a first aid cross on the front for immediate recognition.
  • B.MATERIAL:

    The MFAK pouch will be constructed from 500 Denier nylon.

  • C.COLOR:

    All exposed surfaces of the MFAK pouch will be black in color.

  • D.CONSTRUCTION:

    The MFAK pouch will be constructed of one or more pieces and allow for attachment directly to the MOLLE overshirt carrier or duty belt. The pouch dimensions will not exceed six inches in height, three inches in width, and three inches in depth.
  • E.FINISH:

    The finish of the MFAK pouch will be black in color, free of defects, and will be smooth without basket weave or high-gloss finish.
  • F.MINIMUM REQUIRED CONTENTS:

    The minimum required products and equipment contained inside the MFAK pouch will be consistent with the current Chicago Police Department's Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course.
  • G.MANUFACTURER'S LABEL:

    All MFAK pouches will be permanently labeled with the manufacturer country of origin, size, fiber content, and care instructions.
  • H.RECORDS:

    The Training Division will retain the class attendance cards completed by attending members or submitted valid certifications and will include this information on the members' training records.
III.AUTHORIZATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
  • A.Department members that have successfully completed the optional Chicago Police Department's Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART) course are the only members authorized to carry the IFAK and MFAK pouch and minimum required contents.
  • B.A Department member will not display or affix to outer garments any items, pins, or patches (e.g., Medic, EMT) other than those authorized in the Department directives titled "Uniform Patches and Insignia Specifications" and "Uniform and Appearance Standards."
  • C.IFAK and MFAK pouches will be:
    • 1.worn attached to the MOLLE overshirt carrier;
    • 2.worn attached to the duty belt; or
    • 3.carried in a vehicle and easily accessible.
IV.IFAK AND MFAK MINIMUM REQUIRED CONTENTS REPLACEMENT
  • A.A Department member involved in an incident that requires the direct rendering of on-scene medical aid prior to the arrival of any Chicago Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will receive contents replacement on a one-for-one basis. Items will be replaced by responding CFD apparatus, if available, and only be replaced if a CFD Ambulance transports a patient to a hospital. Items will be replaced consistent with the procedures delineated in the Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)—LEMART Approved Items Replacement Guide. The following IFAK and MFAK pouch contents will be replaced:
    • 1.combat application tourniquet (CAT);
    • 2.HyFin vent chest seal (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 3.any direct pressure bandage (e.g., OLAES, NAR-ETD, other commercial direct pressure bandage) recommended by LEMART (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 4.trauma shears (if broken);
    • 5.Quikclot combat gauze (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 6.petroleum gauze; and
    • 7.cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) face-shield (not available on CFD apparatus).
    NOTE:
    IFAK and MFAK pouch contents will be replaced upon availability of the inventory contained on the CFD apparatus and on a one-for-one basis. If an item is marked "not available on CFD apparatus," a member will receive a replacement from the Training Division Procurement Office.
  • B.If a Department member provides on-scene medical aid to a subject and the responding Chicago Fire Department/EMS apparatus does NOT transport that subject to a hospital or does NOT possess any of the described IFAK and MFAK pouch contents used by the Department member, the member will receive a replacement from the Training Division Procurement Office by:
    • 1.submitting a copy of any relevant documentation (e.g., General Offense Case Report, Hospitalization Case Report, Illinois Traffic Crash Report); and
    • 2.a To-From-Subject report approved by a watch operations lieutenant or above.
      NOTE:
      The To-From-Subject report and supporting documents must be hand carried to the Training Division Procurement Office during the hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 0800hrs-1600hrs).
  • C.A Department member that provides on-scene medical aid to a subject and the responding Chicago Fire Department/EMS apparatus does NOT transport that subject to a hospital, does NOT possess any of the described IFAK and MFAK pouch contents used by the Department member, and the member works a shift outside the hours of operation of the Training Division Procurement Office will:
    • 1.contact the Training Division Procurement Office and arrangements will be made to receive replacements; and
    • 2.hand carry a hard copy of the To-From-Subject report and any relevant documentation at the time of the arranged pickup.
  • D.Department members will be responsible for the replacement of the IFAK and MFAK pouch or any personally owned medical supplies contained within the IFAK and MFAK pouch in the event of loss, theft, or misplacement.
NOTE:
The Department issued IFAK and MFAK pouch will be replaced if damaged.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Charlie Beck
Interim Superintendent of Police
19-135 RSM