In the wake of recent school shootings, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a grant to implement a program aimed at teaching students how to properly “control severe bleeding” in the event of a mass casualty event.
The School-Age Trauma Training will provide $1.8 million in free trauma training sessions to the public and high schoolers in the U.S. to train people on how to help victims with a wound.
If all three phases of the program’s preparation go smoothly, it could be at least 36 months before it is officially offered.
“Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” the grant’s proposal states. “This initiative is designed to enhance a bystander’s ability to take decisive, life-saving action to assist victims with traumatic injuries.”
John Verrico, a spokesman for the DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate, told ABC News the grant will focus on training high school students in basic first aid to use in “any sort of disaster.”
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