The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association recently announced it had received $11,700 from the Greater Snoqualmie Valley 100 Women Who Care for a Stop the Bleed Program in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The organization is a collaboration of women who fund local nonprofit or charity organizations.
“Words cannot express our gratefulness to the 100 Women Who Care of the Greater Snoqualmie Valley and all contributing organizations,” said Lt. Jacob Fouts of the Snoqualmie Fire Department. “Their support for a preparedness and education campaign to prevent loss of life shows how our community stands united to protect our children in a place they should feel safe.”
Stop the Bleed teaches citizens first aid techniques designed to reduce loss of life from traumatic wounds. Developed by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus Committee on Trauma, the program addresses life-threatening injuries such as those found in active shootings, giving first responding citizens a head start in emergency situations before professionals may be able to arrive.
Additional funding supporting a Snoqualmie Stop the Bleed Program was provided by a regional prevention grant from the Central Region EMS and Trauma Care Council; the Snoqualmie Firefighters Association; Snoqualmie Valley Hospital; and the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club.
“This joint effort of the Snoqualmie Fire Department, the Snoqualmie Valley School District, and other organizations to educate citizens and students about hemorrhage control is vitally important and pioneering in our area,” said Rachel Cory, executive director of the Central Region EMS and Trauma Care Council. “In our current climate, these tools and education will help empower citizens and set a standard for other areas in our state and country.”
The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association will focus on training school staff and students and make bleeding control kits available to any potential first responder. Funding will provide individual Stop the Bleed kits in each Mount Si High School classroom along with larger kits placed in common areas for all schools within the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
SVSD Assistant Superintendent Jeff Hogan added, “We appreciate this generous community donation and look forward to adding this resource at our schools over the summer. The District is also committed to partnering with the Snoqualmie Fire Department to provide staff training time in all our schools. While we hope we will never have a real need to use the kits, we welcome the opportunity to add to our emergency response capabilities and toolkit.”
[The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association supports the community through the fire service by delivering programs, emergency assistance to those in need, and scholarships to those seeking a career in emergency services.]