JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Valley View School District became the first in the state to have its staff undergo tourniquet training comprehensively.
Valley View Curriculum Director Roland Popejoy said Dr. Spencer Guinn of the Stop the Bleeding foundation presented that news to the Craighead County Superintendents Association Wednesday.
Popejoy said the district typically gives its staff safety training in CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillators, but they wanted to take this extra step.
"You always want to be aware and prepared," Popejoy said. "Any type of situation we may face, we want to equip our staff with that training and experience to call upon should it be needed because students are first and we want to make sure that we can save as many lives as we can if we do have an unfortunate situation where we're needing to call upon this training."
Popejoy said the training would also be beneficial to the staff should they have to use those skills in a situation off campus.
Several area first responders were also on hand for the training at the Valley View Church of Christ.
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