(All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)
Teachers and staff at McKeesport Area School District are learning how to provide emergency help until first responders arrive at four "Stop the Bleed" sessions.
The third session was presented for employees at McKeesport Area High School on Thursday. Techniques were taught by representatives of UPMC Pre-Hospital Care and Trauma Care, as well as McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service and White Oak EMS.
"It's part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our students," said Tom Bauman, associate principal at the high school.
"Stop the Bleed" was developed in 2016 by UPMC and a consortium of trauma centers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as a response to an escalating number of mass-shooting incidents in the United States.
Training sessions for McKeesport Area staff and teachers were held April 5 at Twin Rivers Elementary School and April 12 at Francis McClure Elementary School. The fourth session is planned for 3 p.m. May 23 at Founders' Hall.
Scott Dolan, emergency medical specialist at UPMC McKeesport, leads a discussion.
Staff practice "stop the bleed" techniques.
From left, Bill Miller, chief, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service; McKeesport Area School Superintendent Mark Holtzman; Matt Gergely, assistant business manager; Tom Bauman, associate principal; and Curt Neill, senior manager, UPMC Prehospital Care.
Originally published April 21, 2018.