2018-04-25 / Other News

ECCS faculty and staff learn life saving measures during recent training


This picture is of Lt.Higginbotham presenting Nurse Stinson and Principal Floyd the trauma kit that the school system received from the Georgia Trauma Commissions Grant This picture is of Lt.Higginbotham presenting Nurse Stinson and Principal Floyd the trauma kit that the school system received from the Georgia Trauma Commissions Grant Early County School System participated in a Georgia Stop The Bleed Class March 29 at the Early County Middle School. The class of 40-50 teachers from all three schools were instructed on how to take measures to stop a person from bleeding to death during a mass causality incident. The training was led by City of the Blakely Fire Department’s Lieutenant/EMT-I Bruce Higginbotham, assisted by Decatur County Fire and Rescue firefighters Jamie Earp and Greg Brown.

Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events.

The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved.

The class was a two hour class where the faculty and staff had to apply hand on training to complete the class.

The ECSS was awarded 36 trauma kits from the Georgia Trauma Commissions Grant for having 10-12 teachers or staff from each school attend the class. Middle school nurse Susan Stinson was responsible for getting the program together and applied for the class.

Mrs. Stinson has also set up a page on donorschoose.org search Early County Middle School if anyone wants to donate money to the middle school to help purchase more trauma kits. Each kit normally cost around $80 to $100, but through a discounted price they can be obtained for $40 or $50. The school needs more than just 12 per school and would like all the help possible to be able to purchase more.

The class is not just for schools. It can be held for businesses or any group of people. If you would like more information on the class feel free to contact Lt. Higginbotham at the City of Blakely Fire Department or go to www.bleedingcontrol.or g

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