The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and FEMA have awarded funding to the not-for-profit National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) to deliver free, life-saving trauma training to high-school-age students.
The funding, potentially up to $2.3 million over three years, is to help establish the School-Age Trauma Training program, or SATT, a public/private partnership that offers students guidance regarding how to tend to traumatic injuries and control severe bleeding until first responders arrive on the scene.
NCDMPH was selected from a competitive grant process held earlier this summer with more than 20 applicants. The funds, made available over three program phases, will cover development of a research-validated age-appropriate curriculum, online tools including study aids and collateral materials, as well as mechanisms to track program metrics.
“We need to acknowledge that during a disaster, individuals in impacted communities are the first responders,” said FEMA’s Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Administrator for Resilience. “Young people live through the same disasters as adults, and we want to empower them with lifesaving skills to help speed response and recovery efforts.”
With guidance from DHS S&T and FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, NCDMPH will work with the American Red Cross and HOSA-Future Health Professionals to develop a training curriculum, outreach strategies and plans to implement SATT nationwide.
The training will complement other FEMA citizen responder initiatives such as the “Community Emergency Response Team” program and “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.” The team will work with public and private schools, youth-oriented not-for-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, and civic associations to ensure that the maximum number of students have access to this critical training.