This fall, Adelphi's Department of Public Safety and Transportation has continued to prepare for as many emergency scenarios as possible—including major injuries that could result in death or severe debilitation—with officers and staff being trained in the latest techniques to “Stop the Bleed," as well as to deal with other possible dangers.
This fall, Adelphi’s Department of Public Safety and Transportation has continued to prepare for as many emergency scenarios as possible—including major injuries that could result in death or severe debilitation—with officers and staff being trained in the latest techniques to “Stop the Bleed,” as well as to deal with other possible dangers.
Annual training occurred in early November and focused on active shooter preparedness overall, dealing with mass casualty incidents and dangerous bleeding as components of Adelphi’s planned response. The “Stop the Bleed” training, led by staff from Adelphi’s Health Services Center, focused on staunching life-threatening bleeding using tourniquets and other methods.
“This training and new equipment will enable our public safety officers to save lives following a hostile intruder, workplace accident or natural disaster,” said Michael McGuinness, who joined public safety this fall as captain and supervisor of emergency management and training. “Adelphi has a very safe campus, but it’s vital that we conduct training in order to be prepared for an unexpected event.”
Another important part of the “Stop the Bleed” effort has been mounting “Stop the Bleed” kits in public safety vehicles as well as in public places on campus—including the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, the Center for Recreation and Sports, Swirbul Library, the Nexus Building, Levermore Hall, and, as part of the upcoming expansion and renovation, in the Ruth S. Harley University Center. The locations are in tandem with existing automated external defibrillator (AED) devices available to trained individuals dealing with cardiac episodes.
The annual department training also included representatives from specially trained units from the Garden City Police Department (including Commissioner Kenneth Jackson) and the Nassau County Police Department, who would be first to respond to the Adelphi campus. Sergeant Robert Connelly of the Nassau County department conducted an active shooter training course and concluded with a discussion on roles, responsibilities and expectations in the event of a campus incident.
Earlier “Stop the Bleed” training was held in January of this year, with experts from NYU Winthrop Hospital providing instruction and certification. In addition to public safety officers, staff members from Facilities Management and the Health Services Center took part in the training.
Over the summer, active shooter preparedness included placing emergency call information stickers on all campus phones and hostile intruder informational posters around campus. Public safety locksmiths undertook an ambitious campaign to improve the ability to lock campus doors by changing more than 300 locks on campus doors should a campus lockdown scenario occur. These continuing education efforts, coupled with an investment in equipment upgrades, will help to foster a culture of preparedness within the Adelphi community.
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