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'Treat and Go' trauma kits will fill Oak Creek classrooms

April 15, 2014

Oak Creek —Emergency response "Treat and Go" kits will soon fill every classroom in Oak Creek schools through private donations and avid fundraising by city groups.

About 200 trauma kits are expected to be purchased by the end of the school year, said Fire Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher. Kits cost about $110. There are 400 total classrooms.

The police and fire department partnered with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District to train all faculty on how to respond in the case of an active shooter.

"You never want to have anything bad happen, but if something does, you want to be prepared," said Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

Trauma kits treat hemorrhages and include tourniquets and bandages, said Pulvermacher.

Police and fire departments trained teachers how to recognize the sound of gunshots, execute the "run, hide and protect" emergency response tactic and treat victims with kits until paramedics arrive, said Police Operations Captain Mike Bolender.

"There's a lot involved in being able to do these thing properly," Bolender said. "I give the district a lot of credit in saying, 'Yes, let's do this.'"

In addition to working with Oak Creek schools, police and fire departments have taught emergency response tactics to child day care facilities in Oak Creek and plan to create safety plans for small businesses.

To raise money for the trauma kits, the Oak Creek Celebrations Commission held an "Ugly Sweater Walk" Saturday, April 12, at Henry Miller Park.

"Our goal is to raise whatever we can," said Carolyn Bukiewicz, chair of the Oak Creek Celebrations Commission. "We are going to keep going until all the classrooms have a kit."

The Celebrations Commission raised about $2,005 and had 80 adults and children attend the event.

On Saturday, May 10, Oak Creek Girl Scout Troop #1687 will hold a "Sneakers for Safety Kits" run-and-walk fundraiser to help dress Shepard Hills Elementary classrooms with "Treat and Go" kits.

Troop #1687 came up with the idea after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help earn their bronze award for a community service project, said troop leader Joanna Angiolo.

Angiolo added, "It's hard because, being in fifth grade, they try to wrap their heads around (school emergencies). But seeing it all over the news, it puts a bug in their ear, 'Am I safe in schools?' And if we are, there are ways to help it."

NEXT STEP

What: "Sneakers for Safety Kits" run/walk fundraiser

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Info: Contact Lynda Schissler at (414) 768-1290

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