Thirty-five teachers, administrators, custodial staff members and security personnel at Elmont Memorial participated in a “Stop the Bleed” training led by NYU Winthrop Hospital on June 5.
Assistant Principal Brian Burke said he pursued the training for building personnel after learning about it through Nassau County’s Homeland Security Training for Schools.
“I learned that school shootings usually elapse over 10-15 minutes, but more than 50 percent occur in two minutes,” Mr. Burke said. “When help arrives, they’re focused on securing the building. By taking this training we will be able to render aid to any victims.”
NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Dr. Mohammad Ali led the presentation and explained to those in attendance they would be “immediate responders” in the event of a school tragedy. Dr. Ali and other hospital personnel then provided hands-on training on how to apply pressure with their hands, how to apply dressings and tourniquets.
Our hope is that we never need this training Mr. Burke said, but if we do, it will give us an edge to help.