Oak Creek teachers train for tragedy
OAK CREEK – Teachers at a number of Oak Creek schools became students in a lesson designed to save lives.
Oak Creek firefighters taught school staffers how to use new medical kits designed by the Fire Department.
After shootings at the Sikh Temple and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, they decided it was time to change the game plan when it comes to handling traumatic events.
"These are incidents that you never want to think will happen, but if we don't prepare for them, that's when the chaos--that's when the confusion ensues," explained Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher.
At a number of training sessions, medics worked with school staffers. Firefighters showed them how to use tourniquets and bandages to stop bleeding in the minutes before help arrives.
"We're going to be the first responders, really, when you think about it, before the fire department and police department even gets here," said Kim Wolak, a counselor at Oak Creek High School.
It’s essentially combat training in the classroom. Still, teachers welcomed the life lesson—and the new equipment.
"You never want it to happen in your school, but you don't want to be sitting there without any reaction at all when it does happen," explained Matthew Olinski, a social studies teacher.
Firefighters are still in the process of assembling the kits. They’re also looking for donations from community organizations and businesses to get the project rolling.
100 kits are set to be installed at schools within the Oak Creek-Franklin district by year’s end. Organizers would eventually like to place one in every classroom.