As the number of mass shootings rises, teachers at Wildwood High School will receive training this week on bleeding control as part of a new initiative from the Fire Department.
On Friday, the department will present a program called Stop the Bleed that was developed in 2013 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The rise in not only school shootings, but all intentional mass-casualty events, had prompted our department to become proactive in training and equipping our staff to be as best prepared for such an event, God forbid if it ever occurs in our city,” Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said. “It is difficult to prevent such incidents, but being proactive and preparing for these incidents is our best option.”
The Stop the Bleed program was created by the American College of Surgeons in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal National Security Council, the U.S. military, the FBI, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations.
According to the program’s website, “Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed, can result in death.”
The program teaches proper bleeding-control techniques, including how trainees can use their hands, dressings and tourniquets to reduce blood loss.
“Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes,” the website says. “However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.”
Wildwood Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Josepha Penrose said the district planned its staff professional development day with a wellness theme well ahead of the latest school shooting, in Parkland, Florida, last month. Penrose said the Fire Department had approached the school to offer the Stop the Bleed program.
“Initially, we thought it would be great for our coaches to all definitely take the class,” Penrose said. “We’ve been really expanding the number of people in the district that are certified in various health protocols, like CPR and first aid.”
She said the interest in the program was so high they decided to offer three sessions.
Penrose said the information presented to teachers through Stop the Bleed is applicable in a number of everyday situations. She said there is the potential for accidents anytime in the school within programs such as industrial arts, culinary arts and sports.
Wildwood Fire Capt. James Grauel was trained in the Stop the Bleed campaign in October 2017, which was followed by department-wide training in January for tactical emergency/combat casualty care.
“It was after this training that we began to work on delivering this training to civilians within our community. Today, there are several instructors within our department,” Speigel said.
Speigel said that after the initial delivery Friday, the program will be offered once a month as part of the department’s community outreach programs.
For more information on the Stop the Bleed campaign, see bleedingcontrol.org.