General Purpose First Aid Kits
Sgt. Richard Buehner from the Wyoming, MI, Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 126th Armor, MIARNG, treats a simulated casualty while training at Camp Grayling, MI, 6 August 2005. The battle dressing used is carried in the vehicle First Aid Kit, General Purpose.
General Purpose First Aid Kit, Rigid
First Aid Kit, General Purpose, Rigid Case.
The steel box 12-unit vehicle first aid kit of World War II and the 1950s was replaced by the "First Aid Kit, General Purpose, Rigid Case" (FSN 6545-922-1200, later changed to NSN 6545-00-922-1200). This kit was typically bracket-mounted in a vehicle for emeergency use by the vehicle operator or passangers.
The General Purpose First Aid Kit, Rigid was produced in a series of variants:
- Steel box, olive drab, white paper label afixed to top with red printed "6545-922-1200 / First Aid Kit / the Medical Department symbol / General Purpose 12 Unit" FSN 6545-922-1200
- Steel box, olive drab, black painted Medical Department symbol, no other lettering, inside label and instructions FSN 6545-922-1200
- Plastic box, olive drab, black painted embossed letters "NSN 6545-00-922-1200 / First Aid Kit / General Purpose" with a white square containing a red cross to the right, inside label and instructions (photo, left)
The boxes had tight fitting lids with waterproof seal, lid clamps and a handle or mounting point. The size of the plastic box was specified as 3 in. high x 5-13/16 in. deep x 8-7/32 in. wide. The Medical Department symbol consists of a caduceus and the letters US.
NSN 6545-00-922-1200, "First Aid Kit, General Purpose, Rigid Case" was replaced by NSN 6545-01-521-8515 (same nomenclature) which was then replaced by 6545-01-534-0779 (First Aid Kit, General Purpose). The latter kit is intended to cover a wider range of requirements (vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, life rafts, ... ) than the earlier NSNs.
Contents of the General Purpose First Aid Kit
|Item ||NSN ||Qty/Kit
|Gauze bandage, 3-in x 18-ft
|Triangle bandage, 37-in x 37-in x 52-in
|Adhesive bandage 3/4-in x 3-in
|Rolled elastic bandage, 2-in x 12-ft
|Surgical tape, 1-in x 54-in
|Petrolatum gauze, 3-in x 36-in
Other Forms of the General Purpose First Aid Kit
The General Purpose First Aid Kit, Rigid was the most common kit, but there were a number of other kits with the same or similar names, purpose and contents. These include:
First Aid Kit, General Purpose, Flexible Case. Similar to contents above but in a nylon bag that could be mounted on LTD studs in an aircraft, similar to the WW II Kit, First Aid, Aeronautic. NSN 6545-01-521-8519 or 6545-01-533-7043
- First Aid Kit, General Purpose, Rigid Case. Larger kit with greater variety of contents in a wider/deeper tub (10x10x8.25 in.), for emergency use on small watercraft, airborne and seaborne large life rafts, and buildings. NSN 6545-00-116-1410, 6545-01-521-8511 or 6545-01-534-0079.
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