Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services facilitated a Stop the Bleed training event for more than 300 Cherokee County School District (CCSD) teachers, administrators and support staff yesterday. The “Stop the Bleed” training educates participants on how to apply direct pressure and tourniquets to assist victims in the event of an emergency situation. The training also provides a dozen “Stop the Bleed” emergency kits for each school, containing tourniquets, gauze and other medical supplies needed to stem severe bleeding. All CCSD schools participated in the training, which was held at 18 school sites across the county.
The day began with a “train the trainer” session at Cherokee High School, where 20 school nurses worked with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services personnel to receive their training, led by Sgt. Nate Sullivan with Fire EMS. Then the nurses and Fire EMS personnel trained teachers, administrators and support staff in the afternoon. The training consists of both a presentation and hands-on instruction. "Everyone I interacted with from the school system was enthusiastic, receptive, and accommodating. It was great to see how stakeholders from the community came together to achieve such an important goal," said Sgt. Sullivan. "We essentially taught 18 'Stop The Bleed' classes for over 320 school staff, simultaneously, and completed the entire school system in one day. Everyone involved did a stellar job."
Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather noted that Sgt. Sullivan's initiative in bringing the program to Cherokee County, along with the school district's readiness to participate, has created a safer community for everyone.
"A huge 'thank you' from the Cherokee County Fire Chief's office to the Cherokee County School System for your partnership, acceptance and participation in the program," said Chief Prather. "As we come to work each day, we do not know what will be thrown at us in public safety. Now, we have not only increased the awareness, but we have personnel trained in every schoolhouse in Cherokee County that may make the difference in a victim being a survivor or fatality."
“We appreciate the assistance from Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services in helping train hundreds of teachers, administrators and support staff across our schools yesterday,” said Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools.) “While we certainly hope none of our staff members will have to use these skills in an actual emergency, we are committed to being proactive and being prepared to help save lives.”
CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers said the school nurses were very receptive to the training and partnering with the county fire department to deliver it to schools.
“School Nurses are proud to be a resource to school staff for training such as ‘Stop The Bleed,’” said Chambers. “The kits and additional skills to utilize the kits are supplemental to existing safety and security plans for students and staff.”
Georgia launched the nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign in 2017, that puts knowledge gained by first responders and military into the hands of the public to help save lives by stopping uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations.
For more information, see the website at http://georgiatraumafoundation.org/stopthebleed/