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WASD Expands Safety Measures with 'Stop the Bleed' Training, Kits

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December 10, 2018 | Community

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (DECEMBER 10, 2018) — In partnership with UPMC Susquehanna, the Williamsport Area School District continues to train all district employees this year in the national Stop the Bleed initiative.

Today, 16 Stop the Bleed kits, each containing eight individual kits, were delivered to the district for installation at each of its school buildings for public accessibility. An additional eight kits also were donated for the schools through a contribution by several natural gas companies.

Launched in 2015, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. It’s intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

“This training empowers staff to be able to assist and save lives in an emergency situation where someone may have been severely injured,” said Dr. Richard Poole, director of student services and district safety coordinator. “By having the kits available in all buildings, it means an injured person can be treated and a life saved before professional help arrives on the scene.”

Each of the kits contain gloves, compressed gauze and trauma dressing, shears, a pad, tape and a tourniquet.

Poole said implementing the Stop the Bleed initiative expands and builds on the number of safety measures in place at the district in which employees have already been trained, such as the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) model in suicide prevention and ALICE, an active shooter response training.

Training for employees will continue through the winter and spring, conducted by UPMC Susquehanna.

The district’s Incident Command Team meets monthly to discuss school safety and security. The Incident Command team is made up of local police, emergency service providers, UPMC Susquehanna and district administrators. The team is tasked with providing measures to ensure the district’s students and staff are safe in school.

Pictured above from left are: Mark Trueman, manager of prehospital operations at UPMC Susquehanna; Kelly Coppadge, community relations specialist at Alta Resources; Mark Barbier, staff HSE representative at Alta Resource; Dr. Richard Poole, director of student services and district safety coordinator; Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent; Craig Konkle of the Lycoming County Department of Safety; and Tony Bixby, director of prehospital operations at UPMC Susquehanna.
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