Certified Trauma Medics Assigned To LISD High Schools
Aug 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM CST
Aug 9, 2012
Laredo ISD is now the first school district in the city to have a certified trauma medic unit within its police department. One trauma medic will be placed at each of the district's high schools this coming school year. The district police chief says the new unit is rare for most schools, but is another layer of security needed. Laredo ISD becoming the first school district in the city to have certified trauma medics inside its schools. “They are now certified to deal with trauma cases whether it be gunshots stabbings any kind of serious bodily injury.” The medics, who took part in this mock train derailment emergency, will be assigned to schools throughout the district. “We have five throughout the district and there will be one trauma medic assigned to each high school this coming year.” In this drill, the medics tend to students affected by a chemical spill. “In the time we call for EMS and emergency personnel my officers will now be able to assist in triaging a patient.” Cook says it's not common to find certified trauma medics inside Texas public schools, but with students influenced in so many new, sometimes violent ways, its a level of security needed. “as we continue to progress and continue with the demand that society puts on us we have to look for innovative ways to guard our kids and protect them.” The program cost the district $1,800. Its actually much more expensive but Chief Lonnie Cook says the department partnered up with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which took care of most of the costs for training and equipment.