Federal govt. agencies award funding for high school trauma training

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health was awarded up to $2.3 million to deliver trauma training to high school students

WASHINGTON — A nonprofit organization was awarded funding to launch a high school student trauma training program.

According to a press release, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health was awarded up to $2.3 million over three years by the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate and FEMA to launch the School-Age Trauma Training program.

SATT will offer training to high school students on how to treat trauma patients and control bleeding before first responders arrive.

“We need to acknowledge that during a disaster, individuals in impacted communities are the first responders,” FEMA Deputy Administrator for Resilience Daniel Kaniewski said. “Young people live through the same disasters as adults, and we want to empower them with lifesaving skills to help speed response and recovery efforts.”

NCDMPH will develop training curriculum in collaboration with DHS, S&T and FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division.

The team will ensure the maximum number of students receive the training by working with schools, youth-oriented nonprofits and other civic associations.

“This has the potential to save countless lives by empowering our high school age students with critical first aid knowledge they can carry with them throughout their lives, so they can tend to those in distress until help comes,” William N. Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for science and technology, said.

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