JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Schools and fire departments in Monroe, Harrisburg and Junction City have been working to install new trauma kits in classrooms to keep students safe in case of an emergency.
"It's a constant conversation we are having to keep kids as safe as we can,” said Darci Stuller, the principal of Harrisburg Middle School.
They are called Jacob’s Kit, and they are part of a national program. The kits include specialized trauma equipment like trauma dressings, compressed gauze, trauma shears, tunicates and chest seals.
"I think it's great when you can empower an educator with the proper tools to respond proactively in an emergency situation, so they don't sit back and feel like, ‘What can I do to help? How can I help until the real helpers get here?’” said Crystal Riley, the public information officer for Junction City Fire. “This is a great tool for them to start early interventions that might just save lives."
The kits were just installed in Harrisburg schools. Staff members were also trained on how to use the equipment inside.
Stuller said as a principal, she is always concerned about school safety, and this is one more way they can help keep kids safe. She said teachers often have to go through training, but this training was different. She said it was the first time they learned how to deal with traumatic wounds, like chest injuries.
“I think anytime we can keep kids safer in schools and have those precautionary things there just in place, it's a good thing,” Stuller said.
Both Riley and Stuller said these kits would be useful in any kind of large-scale emergency.
Riley said the kits are also helpful for responders, so they can ensure they always have enough equipment if something big happened. She said the kits are also all located in the same place in each classroom, so responders can easily find them
"There's no reason not to. Why not be proactive and place these valuable resources throughout the community?" Riley said.
Each kit cost about $45. The fire departments were able to raise money through grants and donations to get a kit in each classroom.
Schools in Junction City and Monroe will be getting the kits in the next few weeks.