10:45 p.m., Oct. 9, 2013

Emergency medical training for campus on the way

Staff and faculty at Laramie County Community College may soon be required to attend emergency medical training in order to fulfill the goals of the director of campus safety, who included a plan for 100 percent certification in his Oct. 9 report to the board of trustees.

James Crosby revealed, during his presentation on the development of the Campus Safety Academy project, that research into the program and curriculum development had led to the formation of a plan to certify all campus employees in the use of the automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) as well as training in CPR and basic first aid.

“We’re starting every other Friday a CPR, AED and blood-borne pathogens training class,” Crosby informed the board. “Our goal is that we would have 100 percent certification of faculty and staff on campus and as many students as possible.”

Pete Cautilli, LCCC’s athletics director, has already made verbal commitments to having students in his program take part, Crosby said. His plans do not stop there, however, as other programs are being developed through the academy, financed through an innovative funds grant, for those on campus as well as the community at large.

“We’ve also advertised a safety awareness and self-defense program,” Crosby said. “That is going to be offered not only to students on campus but will be advertised to the public. We’ve already got some people signed up for it.”

As of the fall semester 2012 when Crosby came to LCCC to be the director of campus safety, only three AED units on were on campus, two of which were in the campus safety officer vehicles. As of the beginning of the current semester, 15 units have are placed across campus. Crosby said he felt it would be a benefit to the overall safety of the school to have as many employees and students on campus trained and be able to use this equipment in the event of an emergency.

According to Crosby, the development of courses and blocks of instruction for the Campus Safety Academy, along with advisement and cooperation of various law enforcement agencies in the community and state, continues to present opportunities for LCCC’s safety department to interact with the campus and community, which said he believed is part of the institution’s role as a “community college.”

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By Mandy Neely