FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – After recent school shootings, and threats made toward Kentucky schools in the past few days, there is a new sense of importance to a mass casualty training exercise, already planned in Frankfort.
Officers from several departments took part in a “Stop the Bleed” training.
Saving lives is what the training, led by the University of Louisville Hospital’s Trauma Center, is all about.
“In any trauma type situation, if you can get a tourniquet an stop the bleeding, that buys precious minutes and maybe even up to an hour that you can save somebody’s life,” said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
Officers learned to pack wounds with gauze and to use tourniquets, or even everyday items like a neck tie, to stop bleeding.
Sheriff Melton says it’s important to know what you can do to help during a tragedy.
Even during the training, Melton was working with deputies over the phone to investigate a new threat at Western Hills High School earlier in the morning.
Melton says since Sunday, they’ve had four threats in Franklin County. Two weren’t credible, but two others are still under investigation. Melton says those two were written on a bathroom wall at Western Hills on separate days.
Sheriff Melton ensures parents that all students are safe.
There has been extra security inside all Franklin County Schools, both public and private. Melton says that will continue through the week.
Melton reminds people that threats made like this are felonies.
“Fear is a unique tool and fear is being utilized right now all across our country and all across our Commonwealth,” said Melton. “It is not a joke. It is not funny. We take every threat seriously.”
Melton says he’s glad the trauma training took place, because you never know when you might have to step in and help.
“Stop the Bleed” training isn’t just for law enforcement. You can be trained too. If you’re interested, contact the person below.
Injury Prevention Manager, UofL Hospital