Blue Ridge School was the first in Jackson County to receive Stop the Bleed kits installed in every classroom through a grant from Great Smokies Health Foundation.
On Aug. 6, members of the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad taught BRS staff on what to do in a variety if situation using the kits containing a turnakit, gauze, survival blanket, scissors, and gloves.
“It’s an essential kit in case of any bleeding episodes,” said GCRS Training Officer Cristian Mireles. “Unfortunately, in today’s society there are so many incidents at schools, they put these kits in the classrooms so teachers can help protect students from harm.”
Blue Ridge Early College Principal Tracy Metz said she and staff were grateful GRSQ took the time to train those receiving the kits.
“We can never predict an accident,” said Metz. “Even when an injury is simple, it can become serious very quickly. Safety is the top priority and we want to be as prepared as possible.”
BREC Math Teach Elijah Reece said GCRS made sure they answered everyone’s questions throughout the training.
“They volunteered a lot of their time that they didn’t have to,” said Reece. “They were really engaged with us and made sure we understood it.”
BRS Principal Teri Walawender said knowing how to act in case of an incident benefits everyone.
“I think it’s great, it’s great training for any of us,” said Walawender. “It’s good to know what we need to do in case of an emergency.”
Pictured at the top of the article from left are GCRS Training Officer Cristian Mireles and GCRS Chief Jeff Stewart.