Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-02-23
Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
Issue Date:11 January 2019Effective Date:11 January 2019
Rescinds:16 March 2015 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 elected to complete the optional 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 Education and 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.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 pouch and minimum required contents.
    NOTE:
    A Department member that is trained at the LEMART level or above will present and submit a valid certification to the Education and Training Division in order to be exempt from attending the LEMART course and will be allowed to carry the IFAK pouch.
  • 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 Uniform and Equipment Specifications U06-04-03, titled "Insignia—Embroidered Patches," and U04-01, titled "Personal Appearance, Uniform/Citizen's Dress and Equipment."
  • C.Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) pouches will be:
    • 1.carried in a vehicle and easily accessible;
    • 2.worn attached to the MOLLE overshirt carrier; or
    • 3.worn attached to the duty belt.
III.IFAK 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 pouch contents will be replaced:
    • 1.non-latex gloves;
    • 2.combat application tourniquet (CAT);
    • 3.HyFin vent chest seal (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 4.direct pressure bandage;
    • 5.trauma shears (if broken);
    • 6.hand sanitizer (4fl. oz.);
    • 7.Quikclot combat gauze (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 8.petroleum gauze;
    • 9.OLAES (direct pressure) bandage (not available on CFD apparatus);
    • 10.roll of medical tape; and
    • 11.cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) face-shield (not available on CFD apparatus).
    NOTE:
    IFAK 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 Education and 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 pouch contents used by the Department member, the member will receive a replacement from the Education and 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 Education and 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 pouch contents used by the Department member, and the member works a shift outside the hours of operation of the Education and Training Division Procurement Office will:
    • 1.contact the Education and 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 pouch or any personally owned medical supplies contained within the IFAK pouch in the event of loss, theft, or misplacement.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police
17-126 JAB