Cochise County Immediate Responder Training

Over the past few years, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Fry Fire District (FFD) and Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE) have had the opportunity to train hundreds of local school teachers, administrative and support staff, and nurses regarding basic trauma care. Personnel were provided with training on compression-only CPR and how to identify and control life-threatening bleeding.

In 2015, CCSO and FFD partnered with Barbara Moshier, the lead representative for the Sierra Vista Unified Public Schools’ School Health Advisory Committee. Since then, those three organizations have jointly pursued local funding and grants through the Arizona Department of Education, that have supported the development and deployment of trauma aid bags for all of the Sierra Vista Public Schools. In order to qualify for these bags, school personnel had to participate in training built around the national Stop the Bleed curriculum.

These trauma supplies and training allow school personnel to provide immediate care at the point of wounding to injured students. The initial training is being augmented by additional Stop the Bleed training courses that provide additional hands on training for participants as well as first-aid kits that teachers will have access to in their classrooms.

Not to be outdone, recently several Buena High School CTEC EMT students also participated in the training and are now helping train their teachers!

The next Cochise County Stop the Bleed courses will be conducted at various educational facilities throughout the month of July. CCSO, FFD, the Sierra Vista Public Schools’ Health Advisory Committee and ICSAVE are lead-turning efforts to prepare all of our educators, administrators and students to become Immediate Responders!

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