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Dothan City Schools and City of Dothan Public Safety Hosts First Responder Training for Dothan High School Students

This initiative is a part of Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER) and will prepare students to assist emergency responders in the event of a crisis event at a school.

By:Sharla Fletcher/WDNews/April 25,2024/12:40 P.m CDT

DOTHAN, Ala. – (WDNEWS) Dothan City Schools (DCS), working in conjunction with the City of Dothan Public Safety Departments hosted selected Dothan High School students in First Responder Training at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center on April 23 and 24. The two-day hands-on training is a collaboration project made possible through funding from the Dothan Police Foundation.

This program, which is in its third year, trains students in First Aid, CPR, Stop-the-Bleed, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Training involves classroom instruction and practical application exercises designed to prepare students for intense situations should an emergency occur. Training is provided by the Dothan Fire and Police Departments along with Wiregrass Public Safety Center personnel.

“This ASHER program is one of the reasons why the Wiregrass Public Safety Center exists,” says Jason Wright, Wiregrass Public Safety Center Facility Manager. “We are here to help bridge the gap between our first responders and the community. These students went through two days of stressful yet practical and educational training. They left with a better understanding and a confidence in themselves to be able to react and handle stressful situations.”

This initiative is a part of Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER) and will prepare students to assist emergency responders in the event of a crisis event at a school.

“These students were selected from ninety-four applicants who applied for this class. ASHER training provides another safety component to our layered security system at all DCS Schools,” says Steve Parrish, Dothan City Schools Safety and Security Coordinator. “Students learn valuable information and techniques from the Dothan Police and Fire Departments on how to deal with real-life emergencies at their school. This was the third year of what appears to be a very popular and positive addition to Dothan City Schools collaborative efforts with our local partners in emergency response services.”

“This is a model program that I would recommend for every school system,” says Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe.

Students received a certificate of completion presented by city officials at the conclusion of the training.

 

 

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