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Lancaster County seeking grant for ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits

04/06/2018 Lancaster Online By Carter Walker

Lancaster County officials are looking to expand the Stop the Bleed program in the county.

County commissioners on behalf of the district attorney's office authorized the application for a grant of no more than $126,957 with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency on Wednesday.

The White House began Stop the Bleed in 2015 to encourage bystanders to become trained to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Funds would be used to purchase training supplies, tourniquets, bleed kits and chest seals that would be distributed to the county departments and 10 participating school districts. Lancaster General Hospital has agreed to provide training at no cost to the county.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said when he learned about the program he asked the county's grant writer to apply for it.

"It is a terribly grim subject to propose, to discuss, but we have to prepare for the worst," Stedman said.

School resource officers participating are from Columbia, Conestoga Valley, Donegal, Eastern Lancaster County, Elizabethtown, Hempfield, Lancaster, Manheim Central, Solanco and Warwick school districts.

The county will be notified by Oct. 1 if the grant application is successful.

Free Stop the Bleed training

The Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 is hosting a free Stop the Bleed course for educators and school personnel from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its conference center, 1020 New Holland Ave.

Members of the Susquehanna Valley EMS will provide the Stop the Bleed training, while East Hempfield Township police Officer Chad Nagle will review Run, Hide, Fight techniques.

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