Love4Landyn grant helps Blackfoot Fire Department

Blackfoot firefighter and advanced EMT Bruce Lloyd shows off the "Love 4 Landyn" patch that will be displayed on the medical bags purchased to honor Landyn Simpson.
Leslie Mielke
Staff Writer

BLACKFOOT — To honor their grandson, son and brother, Landyn Simpson, the Simpson family donated money to the Blackfoot Fire Department so it could purchase needed medical equipment.
Landyn, age 7, died in a four-wheeler accident a little over two years ago.
The Blackfoot Fire Department used the grant money to purchase two medical bags, said Bruce Lloyd, a Blackfoot firefighter and advanced EMT.
The medical bags are used to respond to each call, said Lloyd. The medical bags cost from $160 to $170 apiece.
"We now have a medical bag for each of our five ambulances," he said. Three ambulances are located in Blackfoot; two are stationed in Rockford.
These bags are large enough to carry all the equipment needed for any emergency.
On one side of each bag is trauma stuff, like bandages, C-collars and helps for burns. The middle section contains a medical trauma bag with masks and air. On the other side are IV supply stuff.
"All the equipment we need is in one bag, said Lloyd. "Before we carried our necessary gear in two or three bags.
"Now it's all in one," he said. "Every ambulance has the same equipment in each bag.
"It sure is going to help," said Lloyd.
"The Simpsons are personal friends of mine," he said. "I've known them for 34 years as I have led first aid and CPR classes for them."
Dentists must take refresher classes for first aid and CPR every two years.
"This is awesome," said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. "We enjoy and appreciate every grant we receive.
"I think this is a good way to honor Landyn," said the fire chief.
"We use this medical bag five to 10 times each day," said Gray. "Since the beginning of the year, we have already had 1,400 runs."
Last year, the Simpson family gave the Idaho Falls Fire Department grant money to honor Landyn.