DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, Friday, teachers and school officials at Diboll ISD received hands-on, active shooter training, Saturday.
The "Bridge of Life" training technique focuses on teaching teachers or any other bystander how to keep an injured student alive and get them to a trained medic.
The program's students are given surprise drills, demonstrations with different military grade medical supplies, and their own tourniquet at the end of the course.
"We didn't get this much medical training before we went on our deployment," said war veteran and high school teacher, Clint Walker. "So, it was a little bit of a shock to me."
The instructors are each from a different military force, some inactive some active.
"Every time we come out to do a new class, we're doing something new," said instructor, Jared Schatz. "And, then we bring in new instructors that know all the new things going on."
But, the military grade equipment isn't all they teach with.
"We start showing them how to do what tourniquets do, but with what they have in their room," said program creator, Terry Moore. "I guess in so many ways our bystander active shooter training class is the Macgyver approach to medicine."
According to Moore, the "Bridge of Life" training is all about working on the inside out.
"We found that there's a disparity in time when it comes to working with the injured, that they will actually die before the police or anybody else can get to them," Moore said. "So, if I can teach teachers what BASE (Bystander Active Shooter Education) is all about, then I'm doing my job of trying to keep them alive."
And, these teachers couldn't be more grateful.
"Because of the climate we're living in now and having to deal with, I guess in schools we're going to have to be able to do some of this stuff," Walker said. "So, I think it will really help."
Schools and other institutions, both private and public, can request a training by going to the Bridge of Life website.