Loss of consciousness from blood loss can happen fast. Students in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program at Manalapan High School recently had hands-on demonstrations on how to "Stop the Bleed." According to its website, the "Stop the Bleed" campaign's purpose is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.
Joe and Garry Falco of Vanguard Response trained Manalapan students on what to do if ever in a situation requiring these skills. The group learned how to pack a wound and how to properly use a tourniquet.
After this training, participating students receive a "Stop the Bleed" certificate. The program at Manalapan was supported by federal Perkins funding.
The Law Enforcement and Public Safety Magnet Program is a highly focused four-year program for students with specific interests in law enforcement, firefighting, homeland security, and first response. The program of study includes law enforcement, physical training, and forensic science. In addition, students receive training toward certification in various public safety areas, such as Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Hazmat, Incident Command, CBRNE, and FEMA specialized certifications. Skills and expanded knowledge of the field are achieved through active participation in volunteer programs and a senior externship (SLE-structured learning experience).