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New Grant to Offer Trauma Training for Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it will award $1.8 million in grants to develop what it calls “School-Age Trauma Training” – programs that teach high school students how to respond to traumatic injuries during mass casualty events like school shootings.  The solicitation for applications notes that “[u]ncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” citing the American College of Surgeons.

The grant programs would have to train students to respond to a number of different events, including natural disasters.  But the statement of objectives for the program focuses heavily on school shootings.  “Similar to how students learn health education and driver's education,” the application says, “they must learn proper bleeding control techniques using commonly available materials; including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets.”  It also notes that programs should include training on mass casualty survival techniques as well as medical triage.

Still, many have questions whether this kind of training would really save lives in a school shooting.  Doctors and advocates say this is only a nominal solution that fails to address the root causes of gun violence. 

Eligible grantees include school districts, small businesses, institutions of higher education, and both non-profit and for-profit entities.  The grant is only for the design and startup phase of the project, and programs resulting from the use of funds are intended to be self-sustaining and free to the public.  Organizations have until August 27th to apply.

The grant package is available here.

About the Author

Julia Martin is an attorney with the Washington, DC law firm of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Title I Association.