In case of emergency

WCSD, local law enforcement to hold active shooter drill in August

Warren County School District and local law enforcement and other emergency services providers will collaborate on an active shooter drill this summer.

The drill will be held at Beaty-Warren Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

There will be a number of training sessions for various groups of responders in advance of that drill.

In active shooter situations, there is often great need for emergency medical services.

But, because there is an active shooter, it is unsafe for emergency medical providers to enter the situation.

One aspect of training could include preparing staff and even students to render aid.

At a drill planning meeting Monday at the Warren County 911 Center, representatives from Every Day Responder (EDR) spoke about Stop the Bleed training.

Stop the Bleed is a national program of the Department of Homeland Security intended to train, equip and empower people to help in a bleeding emergency.

It was started after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

“The goal would be to have all the teachers go through the training,” Dr. Alaina Hunt of EDR said, and to make it available to students.

In a mass casualty incident, there could be dozens of patients losing blood.

“It would turn every teacher into a first responder in a bleeding event,” Dan Hunt of EDR said.

Participants are trained to apply pressure, pack wounds, and apply tourniquets. The two-hour, hands-on training is free. District Quality Assurance Supervisor Boyd Freeborough suggested that the district could train its staff during professional development days this year or in the days leading up to the next school year.

Warren County Public Safety Deputy Director Scott Rose said he would encourage local emergency medical technicians to attend the training “as a refresher.”

Freeborough said he would like to set aside three days for the medical training.

In addition to the training, EDR is a provider of packs that include tourniquets, gauze, and other equipment useful in stopping bleeding.

There are two tourniquets in the basic pack, Dan Hunt said.

District Nursing Department Head Louise Tharp said there is currently one tourniquet in each district school.

Law enforcement officers will also go through training prior to the active shooter drill.

At the most basic level, officers will be invited to tour the school buildings.

Officers would also receive specific, hands-on training in how to respond in an active shooter situation.

What agency will run that training has not been determined.

Several possibilities, including Pennsylvania State Police, officers in the county, and outside groups, were brought up at the meeting.

Freeborough said the group would continue that discussion at the April 9 meeting.

Transportation Manager Mike Kiehl said all district administrators will attend the drill.

Freeborough said the district will invite teachers and students to participate.

The district will invite the county’s charter and private schools.

The patient actors in the drill may be transported for treatment during the drill. Bethany Anderson of Warren General Hospital said the hospital is willing to participate and that she would find out how many students could be brought to the facility without disrupting daily operations.

Tharp suggested contacting emergency medical helicopter providers to gauge their interest in participating.

At Monday’s meeting, there were representatives of Warren County Public Safety, City of Warren Fire Department, City of Warren Police Department, Warren County School District, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Youngsville Borough Police Department, EmergyCare, and Warren General Hospital.