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Life-saving lesson prepares Albany County schools for the unthinkable

February 08, 2019 07:07 PM

The assumption is that no school campus in the country is immune to the unimaginable horror that too many communities have already lived through and continue to cope with. That's why the school resource officer at Voorheesvile High School is now equipped with a little red bag -- a medical emergency trauma kit.

"The problem that we have is that massive bleeding, massive trauma is one of the leading causes of death in a traumatic incident," according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. "Whether it's somebody falling through a plate glass window, whether it's a school shooting, whether it's a school bus accident, whatever the case may be, we want to have the tools in place for people to properly be able to save lives."

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That's why Apple wants a "Stop the Bleeding" kit inside every school building in Albany County, all 65 of them. The kits include tourniquets, bandages, rubber gloves, safety glasses and gauze.

The plan includes training for school staff and students provided by the sheriff's department and Albany Medical Center personnel.

"Our students having access to this gives them more of a whole package and we know they're able to not only help each other, but family members too," said Dr. Brian Bailey, superintendent at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.

Everyone is also mindful that tragedies don't just occur during regular school hours.

"It may be in some special events like sporting events or concerts at night," said Dr. Brian Hunt, superintendent for the Voorheesville School District, "We may just bring it out and have it available if we feel it's needed."

"After some of the school shootings that have taken place, it's unfortunately become part of society now," Apple added, "Things like this are necessary."

Each kit costs between $300 and $400. Apple is hoping grant money comes through to pay for it.

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Dan Levy & WNYT Staff

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