Wednesday, Cabell County Emergency Management Services and Cabell County Schools announced a project that will give people inside school buildings resources to help one another in a disaster.
“Stop the Bleed” kits will now be in all of Cabell County’s schools. The kits are designed to be basic and straightforward so that even people who aren’t trained medical professionals can use them.
The kits come with things such as tourniquets, a bleeding control dressing and protective gloves.
The “Stop the Bleed” program was designed to improve the survivability from manmade or mass casualty events. Students, staff and the community are receiving training to learn how to use the materials inside the kits.
“We are thinking large scale. It could be an explosion, a shooting, a bleacher collapse something like that on a large scale,” said Marsha Knight, Director of Education for Cabell County EMS. “We are also thinking small scale. You know things happen it could be an isolated incident where a student or staff member gets a laceration on a tool or piece of equipment.”
Each “Stop the Bleed” cabinet costs close to $900 and contains eight individual bleeding control kits.
Free “Stop the Bleed” training for first responders and community members is planned for Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tri-State Fire Academy in Huntington. You can register online at www.ccems.org