Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Corps donates bleeding-control kits to Region 14 schools

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Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Corps donates bleeding-control kits to Region 14 schools



Bethlehem Ambulance Association members Travis Smith, right, and Matt Manka demonstrate how to use the stop-the-bleed kits at Bethlehem Elementary on Monday. The association gave 16 kits to Region 14 schools. Steve Bigham Republican-American


BETHLEHEM — Members of Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Monday gave Region 14 schools bleeding-control kits, which can save a life in the event of major injury.

“I hope we never have to use these,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph Olzacki as he thanked the EMT contingent who personally delivered the 16 kits to the region’s central office in Woodbury.

Bethlehem Ambulance member Travis Smith said the kits, which come complete with shears, a tourniquet and instructions, were donated by Waterbury Hospital.

“It’s full of life-saving equipment that effectively stops the flow of blood,” Smith said. “Even a cut hand can bleed out in minutes, so these are vitally important to have.”

Olzacki said the kits will be stored in strategic spots around each of the region’s four schools — Bethlehem Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, Woodbury Middle School and Nonnewaug High School.

Smith said more than 1 million people nationwide have been trained on how to use the kits and the goal is to double that number.

Region 14 Superintendent Joseph Olzacki, center, with Bethlehem Ambulance Association officials and youth corps members who delivered 16 stop-the-bleed kits for district schools at Bethlehem Elementary on Monday.Steve Bigham Republican-American


The kits were borne out of the Department of Defense and have been distributed to schools across the country since the Sandy Hook School tragedy back in 2012.