School Safety Committee Series: Meeting & Training with First Responders
First Responders are busy and work in high stress situations every day, but that doesn’t mean they are unwilling to help your school meet their safety and security needs. Today we will end our school safety committee series by giving you tips on how to effectively meet and train with first responders to meet your safety goals.
Invite Them with Advanced Notice
First responders are always willing to meet with schools in order to keep them as safe as possible, but with their hectic schedules, they must have meetings scheduled well in advance. This goes for all first responders including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.
Train for Specific Incidents
When planning your training with first responders, plan for a specific event. EMS should be present and actively training on emergencies such as CPR and First Aid, while fire professionals should actively train for containing fires.
Incorporate Comprehensive Training
When scheduling your training sessions with first responders, make sure that you are training for different situations every time. Each training session should cover an emergency plan or procedure that has not been practiced or trained for in at least 6 months.
Invite Specific Agencies
When you are meeting with first responders during school safety committee meetings, invite only the specific agency that you request knowledge from. For instance, if your school has a reoccurring issue of bullying and drug use, invite law enforcement to help you problem solve for ways to address the issue. If you are experiencing the use of illegal fireworks on your property, invite fire professionals to help you.
Train for Real Life
Training should be as close to real life as possible, even if that means scheduling training on weekends or after school. If training is not practiced in real life scenarios, participants may not take it seriously and miss an opportunity to learn valuable information.
Scheduling times to meet and train with your local first responders is not easy task, but the training and wisdom that is received could save lives. It is important to meet and train with first responders every chance you get, you get far more than training; you establish a positive working relationship with safety experts in your community.
*TIP: Even though you schedule a meeting or training in advance, don’t be surprised if first responders have to leave early to respond to a call. Simply reschedule for another time.