School staff to receive emergency training

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BENNINGTON — Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union staff will be trained today in how to stanch the flow of blood from a wound, as part of SVSU's ongoing proactive safety initiative.

The training for 50 participants will take place at Mount Anthony Union High School. It will be offered in four 40-minute sessions, starting at noon.

Katie West, public information coordinator for the SVSU, she spoke with Victor Milani, SVSU safety coordinator, who coordinated the training. West said Milani told her that research on the cause of death for individuals who died in active shooter situations shows that "there was the implication that they perished not because of the wounds they received, but because of the excessive loss of blood."

Katie Vandale of the Bennington Rescue Squad will provide the training, which is being offered in partnership between the SVSU, the rescue squad and the Bennington Police Department, West said.

A member of the nursing staff will also be assisting at each session, West said.

The participants are teachers, faculty and staff from MAUHS.

Milani recommended the SVSU hold the training, West said.

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There are currently no plans to hold another round of training, as Milani was able to accommodate everyone interested, she said.

"But if folks are interested, another session certainly isn't out of the question," she said.

The training is voluntary and free for participants. It is closed to the public.

The SVSU has also planned other safety efforts in recent years, including active shooter training at MAUHS, which was set for Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

"Nationwide, everybody is concentrating more on this type of scenario," Milani said of shootings in schools in a previous conversation with the Banner. "It's something that we can't really say doesn't happen here anymore."

Milani previously told the Banner that he's also trained SVSU faculty in threat assessment, and conducted school bus safety training with all the supervisory union's elementary schools, along with a seven-hour training on front desk security for all SU reception personnel, teaching them how to recognize and deal with suspicious individuals.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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