EAST HANOVER, NJ- Your run of the mill first aid kit typically features a few gauze pads of varying size, some antiseptic ointment, an ace bandage or two and a few Band-Aids. These will of course handle those troublesome schoolyard scrapes and paper cuts, but there are some injuries that require more than is provided in your everyday kit. Knowing this, Fred Meola and the Hanover Rotary Club have donated $2,600 in trauma kits that will help to insure the safety of the students throughout the school district.

“It turns out most of the schools, almost all of the schools in this area, have the basics if someone gets a small cut but they don’t have anything if there is something more severe,” Meola said to the Hanover Park Board of Education. “What these kits have in them are the apparatus to treat massive bleeding, breathing troubles, chest problems, wound care, burns, broken bones, eye damage and more.”

The kits are about $260 a piece and have within them many of the same tools used by EMTs and first responders in treating serious injuries on site. Time is of the essence when it comes to serious injuries and sometimes the wait between the first call to 9-1-1 and the first responder can make all the difference. In addition to providing the medical tools, the kits come with a one and a half hour training course that will instruct the scholastic community in how to use each piece of equipment properly and efficiently.

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“I happen to have two children going through the Hanover school system,” Meola explained. “If one of them got hurt and something like this wasn’t there and I know that I could have gotten it, I’d feel horrible. It’s like home insurance. I hope I never have to use it, but I’m glad I have it when I need it.”

The Rotary Club will not only be providing these trauma kits, but will be periodically be replenishing any item that needs to be replaced. The mission statement for the Rotary Club is “to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” This is surely a great service to others, to the schools and to the community.