Klein ISD Police Department was the first ISD police department in the area to embrace bleeding control training and combat application tourniquets. Klein officers were first trained by Cypress Creek EMS Tactical Medics more than five years ago. Now, each Klein officer carries a bleeding control kit on their person at all times.
The Bleeding Control along with other training is aimed at being ready for a tragedy they hope never comes but, over the years, Klein ISD PD has had two documented saves with tourniquets. Both were accidents that compromised an artery. Both saves were students.
Now, Klein ISD PD is chalking up another first, by getting its supervisors certified as EMTs. The plan is to put two at a time through EMT class at Cypress Creek EMS.
Cypress Creek EMS coordinates a twice-yearly EMT class which is sponsored by area fire departments. Usually, most of the students are firefighters but for the next class, there are also two Klein ISD Police Officers.
Sergeants Cliff Maduzia and Jimmy Barr are both formers EMTs who allowed their certifications to lapse. Now, they are excited to attend EMT Class which started on Monday, August 26. The class meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. It will wrap up on December 7 with a graduation ceremony on December 14.
Maduzia is actually a former Cypress Creek EMS employee having worked as an EMT and Dispatcher from the late ’80s to the early ’90s.
Chief David Kimberly says it’s important to have the supervisors trained because they are the first wave in an emergency situation. Kimberly says, “The reason we started with supervisors is we have six sergeants, five of which are on day shift and they are assigned to each high school and they represent their feeder pattern so they are never very far away from even the most outlying campuses in their feeder pattern.”
Kimberly recognizes that there are nurses on the campuses but he says, “Our officers are not completely focused in the schools. We’re out moving between schools, we’re out on the roadways, we’re at after-hours events. There’s not always going to be a nurse or a trainer or someone medically trained there. Kids on buses is a great example. Sometimes getting an ambulance there will take 7 to 10 minutes and they may not have 7 to 10 minutes.”
From his bleeding control training at CCEMS, Kimberly is keenly aware that a patient with a compromised artery can bleed out and die in as little as three minutes. It can take that long to run across a large campus. Time is critical, so he wants to make sure there are more resources available.
To that end, he is getting his supervisors trained as EMTs, but it doesn’t stop there. Once all six supervisors are trained and outfitted with go bags with EMT supplies, he’d like to start training the rest of his officers as time and funding allow.
Kimberly says ISD policing is “more akin to the old beat officer, the foot patrol, so why wouldn’t we want to offer every possible bit of help that we can. You know when we look at this, these are our kids. They’re not their kids. They’re our kids, They’re our staff members, they’re our community and I want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can do to stay ahead of the curve.”
The current EMT class is made up of 23 students, five from Klein Fire Department, one from Cypress Creek Fire Department, one from ESD 48 Fire Department, one from the CCEMS Comm Center and two from Klein ISD Police Department. The remaining 14 students are civilians.