So What's New?
Well, first of all, Caleb Causey (the CEO of Lone Star Medics) and I visited my high school alma mater last weekend to do a one day class which I later suggested (and Caleb agreed) to call the "Student Responder Training." We had about ten kids in the class, who spent the day with us learning tactical first aid, crisis leadership, and emergency management.
Caleb is hoping to use the lessons he learned in teaching this first ever class and market it to other schools as well. The concept represents a big shift in how we ask kids to respond to emergencies. Webb has made the decision to have their kids more involved in the emergency plan and response. When you think about it, it makes sense on so many levels - most of the seniors in the class will turn 18 this year if they haven't already.
The students were fantastic. They were very engaged in the training. The main lesson Caleb and I learned was that for the age group, it's best to go light on theory and heavy on scenarios and practical skills. In other words - less white board time and more time practicing using tourniquets and bandages in mock disasters.
I'm really appreciative of Caleb agreeing to come to Webb to help my school, and I hope he can use his time there to develop a much needed class for other schools.