WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Thanks to a nearby hospital, teachers are learning how to save lives in emergency situations in a school district in central Pennsylvania.
Teachers in the Williamsport Area School District are learning how to "Stop the Bleed."
"It's something we hope we never have to use in the district but I think being prepared having them in place and training our staff is important," said Director of Student Services Richard Poole.
The Director of Student Services here in the Williamsport Area School District, Richard Poole is talking about these Stop the Bleed kits.
This year, Susquehanna in Williamsport donated over 100 of the small kits to the district as part of a larger Stop the Bleed campaign.
"The reason behind the Stop the Bleed campaign came from the sandy hook shooting where they felt lives could have been saved in that school if these kits would have been possibly available," said Poole.
"You can take an individual kit and you can go in eight different directions if need be," said Tony Bixby, UPMC Susquehanna.
Tony Bixby works at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport.
"Within each individual kit," he says these tools can save a life. "We have a tourniquet a compression dressing two packs of gauze a survival blanket and there's also medical gloves."
Now that they have the kits school, officials hope to have wall mounts like this one installed across the school district within the next few weeks.
Throughout the year, members of UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport will hold training sessions. It's so all 700 district employees, including math teacher Justin Beatty, will know how to use the kits in an emergency.
"Understanding what we can do and what we need to do to help in a situation like that is vital," said Justin Beatty, math teacher.
Williamsport is the first school district in Lycoming County to have the Stop the Bleed kits.
UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport hopes to involve more schools in other districts soon.