Scranton Police Officer: I want every classroom in the district to have an emergency kit
SCRANTON (WOLF) -- They say you can never be too prepared, especially when life can take unexpected turns.
"Times have changed, unfortunately for the worse. So we have to be the proactive part and start going into the schools and just being proactive," said Scranton Police Officer Stephen Carroll.
Officer Carroll works with area schools and wanted classrooms to have the resources they need in the event of an emergency or active shooter situation.
Organizing to fill 120 buckets with supplies like gloves, bandages, ice packs for West Scranton High School.
"Officer Carroll and I sat down and started revamping our emergency plans - this wasn't the only thing we added or changed - but this was a big part of introducing new plans to the emergency plans just to keep our students safe. I mean, the goal of every administrator is to provide a safe educational atmosphere, and this was a step, I think, that needed to happen," said West Scranton High Vice Principal Charles Suppon.
Pennsylvania Ambulance, who provided the supplies, said what they put in the buckets are dual use - like this cravat that's typically used for a sling, but can also be a makeshift tourniquet. Even this tampon can also be used to go into bullet entry wounds.
"In the event that there's a lockdown situation and they're going to be in one location for an extended period of time, they're going to know what to do and they're going to know what kind of equipment that they have at their disposal, should something happen," said Bruce Beauvais, a paramedic with Pennsylvania Ambulance.
And Officer Carroll says he doesn't want these kits to stop at West Scranton High, calling them the pilot school.
"I envision that every school within Scranton School District will have some type of emergency supply either bucket or bag inside the classroom, just in case there is an active threat or an active shooter situation inside their school," he said.
Officer Carroll says that the buckets will be ready to go - with teachers trained by 'Stop The Bleed' - by January.