DANSVILLE — After a generous donation made by Ramsey Constructors Inc. the Dansville Central School will have access to new life-saving medical technology.
On June 28 Dansville Central Superintendent Paul Alioto, School Resource Officer Bob Holt, Chris Ramsey, Ramsey Constructors Inc. president, and Jeff Gerstner, Mobilize Rescue Systems CEO, demonstrated the medical units.
Mobilize Rescue Systems delivered three Comprehensive Units and six Public Access Rescue Stations to the school. The Mobilize Rescue phone app will be distributed to every high school student with a cellphone, staff, and faculty member that is willing to act as a ‘Good Samaritan’ while help is on the way.
The Mobilize Rescue System, founded in 2015, is the only interactive trauma and first aid system capable of helping untrained bystanders assess, manage, and monitor a spectrum of medical emergencies according to the protocols and best practices of the American Heart Association (AHA),Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and the American College of Surgeons.
The Mobilize Rescue System includes instructions and supplies to manage severe bleeding, cardiac arrest, seizures, choking, chest trauma, hypothermia, burns, and more - all while the ambulance is en route.
The Public Access Rescue Stations will be set up on each school bus, near the playground, in the shop class, and near the gymnasiums. This will offer easy access to medical care right away. An app will be put on the phones of those with access to the technology, such as staff, faculty, and high school students.
“Even if you are a highly trained individual you may forget essential steps in a crisis moment. This helps the trained and the untrained to save lives,” Alioto said. “These were offered to us as a donation to have a Mobile Rescue System in place in our schools. We are very grateful to Chris Ramsey for this donation.”
Ramsey said that he got involved in the project as a way to give back to the community.
“I got involved with Jeff (Gerstner) early on with this project,” he said. “I think that every school should have this system.”
Ramsey added that Dansville is near and dear to his heart. They all grew up and went to school here. Jon Shay is also helping Ramsey with this endeavor.
“It means a lot to bring this life-saving technology to Dansville (Central) School,” he said. “You never forget where you grew up.”
Alioto said that there will be a Comprehensive Unit in each of the three school buildings.
“What is fantastic is that the mobile app can be installed on any phone,” he said. “The app will take you through the exact process. All employees will download this app to their phones. When we train highschool students we tell them to always call an adult or if it is necessary to call 911. If they are in a situation after school, and there are no adults nearby they can use this app. We will want students who are prepared to use this system.”
Alioto said there was an incident that occured when an adult fell on the school bus and had a severe head wound. Thankfully the bus driver called 911, but if they had access to this system she would have had help much sooner.
“We live in a rural community with limited resources. We have two ambulances, and if they are both on call we need to wait for the county to give us aid. I view these kits as an empowerment tool for our school,” he said. “I feel more secure that we will be able to handle more significant injuries. As long as high school students have a cell phone they will have access to the mobile app. We are thinking of even downloading the apps to the Chromebooks. It will take some time to weave this into the whole school.”
On opening school day the whole staff will be trained and made aware of the importance of the technology. Alioto’s mission is to make the school as safe as possible through various training exercises, and now with this medical system.
Gerstner said that this project hits home to him as well, and he put it in his children’s schools.
“We are local too, so this is a special day for us as well,” he said. “We have been marketing all over the country with this technology over a year. It means more when you get to bring it local.”
Gerstner added there were a lot of specialists and experts with military background involved with putting this project together.
“We wanted to make it so everyone would have access to simple instructions,” he said. “You have to be prepared for just about anything. I have five kids at home myself, so I made sure this was in their schools too.”
Alioto mentioned there are about 1,600 students and 300 employees at Dansville Central.
“It makes sense to have these units available on our campus,” he said. “We will have them available for any kind of emergency.”
“I drive an ambulance for the Dansville Ambulance, we have three nurses here from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. that are not always available. We have employees with EMT training who are not always around,” Alioto continued. “These mobile resources will make it so anyone without training can be ready to assist.”
Matt Grey, Mobilize Rescue Systems sales and app specialist talked about how to use the technology for things like CPR. If you had been trained in CPR and forgot you can still do it. If you had no training at all they walk you through it step by step.
For more information of this groundbreaking technology visit https://mobilizerescue.com