Firefighters to Promote Stop the Bleed Program in SVSD
The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association recently received a donation of $11,700 from the Greater Snoqualmie Valley 100 Women Who Care, a collaboration of Snoqualmie Valley women who fund local organizations, for a Stop the Bleed Program in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
The Stop the Bleed Program teaches citizens first aid techniques designed to reduce loss of life from traumatic wounds. Developed by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus Committee on Trauma, the program addresses life-threatening injuries, such as those found in active shootings, by giving first responding citizens a head start in emergency situations, before professionals may be able to arrive.
“Words cannot express my gratefulness to the 100 Women Who Care of the Snoqualmie Valley,” said Lt. Jacob Fouts of the Snoqualmie Fire Department. “Their support for a preparedness and education campaign to prevent loss of life shows how our community stands united to protect our children in a place they should feel safe.”
Additional program funding supporting a Snoqualmie Stop the Bleed Program was provided by a regional prevention grant from the Central Region EMS and Trauma Care Council; the Snoqualmie Firefighters Association; Snoqualmie Valley Hospital; and the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club.
“This joint effort of the Snoqualmie Fire Department, the Snoqualmie Valley School District, and other organizations to educate citizens and students about hemorrhage control is vitally important and pioneering in our area,” said Rachel Cory, executive director of the Central Region EMS and Trauma Care Council. “In our current climate, these tools and education will help empower citizens and set a standard for other areas in our state and country.”
The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association will focus on training school staff and students and make bleeding control kits available to any potential first responder. Funding will provide individual Stop the Bleed kits in each Mount Si High School classroom along with larger kits placed in common areas for all schools within the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
“We appreciate this generous community donation and look forward to adding this resource at our schools over the summer. The District is committed to partnering with the fire department to provide staff training time in all our schools,” said Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning for Snoqualmie Valley School District Jeff Hogan. “While we hope we will never have a real need to use the kits, we welcome this opportunity to add to our emergency response toolkit and capabilities.”
The Snoqualmie Valley School District supports a comprehensive approach to school safety that includes: 1) Social emotional learning and prevention; 2) Emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and 3) School facility and system improvements focused on safety and security. The Stop the Bleed Program donation will enhance the District’s emergency preparedness resources and response capabilities. For information regarding other steps the Snoqualmie Valley School District is taking to support the safety of students, staff and schools, please visit the School Safety webpage on the district website.
Lt. Jacob Fouts, with the Snoqualmie Fire Department, met with Mount Si High School
Principal John Belcher, School Nurse Margie Blackmon, and others,
to plan for training staff and equipping classrooms with Stop the Bleed kits.
The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association supports the community through the fire service by delivering programs, emergency assistance to those in need, and scholarships to those seeking a career in emergency services.