Firefighters assemble med kits to combat school trauma
OAK CREEK – In a city that is no stranger to traumatic events, first responders are taking school safety to the next level.
Recent tragedies in Oak Creek and Newtown, Connecticut breathed new life into a plan cooked up by the Oak Creek Fire Department.
Firefighters worked to design a special medical kit for teachers, filled with tools that could save a child's life in an emergency.
"This is more or less a similar kit that you would see in combat, and I am careful to use that word," explained Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher.
The kit contains field dressings, tourniquets, and gauze. All are available for educators to use in the minutes before help arrives—if disaster strikes.
"It takes time for us to get there, and in that time, people can be doing stuff," Pulvermacher said.
Firefighters have their work cut out for them.
They'll spend the next few weeks assembling the trauma kits. They hope to have 50 of them installed in Oak Creek schools by the end of the year.
But that’s just a start.
"Hopefully, through donations and a number of other different things, we'll be able to get one of these kits in every classroom," Pulvermacher explained.
Each kit costs more than $100 to make. Firefighters are hopeful donations will help guide them to their goal.
Teachers have been informed about the program. They'll receive hands-on training in November.