All Rockwood schools are being provided with emergency kits in partnership with Metro West Fire Protection District.
Metro West has donated Stop the Bleed kits to all Rockwood schools within their jurisdiction. Metro West officials have also agreed to make arrangements for other Rockwood schools to receive the kits, along with corresponding training on how to use them.
"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."