Rockwood staff members received training on Stop the Bleed emergency kits, Thursday, Aug. 8. The training was provided by emergency responders within the district. Metro West Fire Protection donated Stop the Bleed kits to all Rockwood schools within its jurisdiction and agreed to make arrangements for other Rockwood schools to receive the kits as well, along with the corresponding training.
"Our school nurses are always equipped with supplies," said Rockwood Supervisor Wellness & Health Services Amy Wehr. "But we appreciate support from emergency responders."
The Stop the Bleed organization's website states the effort is "a national awareness campaign and call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help."
"The life-saving tool in the kits is a tourniquet," said Wehr. "It's a strap with Velcro on it, with a hard piece of plastic to twist and tighten in order to stop heavy bleeding."
Metro West Fire Lt. Matt Coppin said, "This is a hands-on, tactile way to impact that level of preparedness in our schools. Not only will these kits provide necessary tools but the education on how to use them as well."