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Five local businesses team up with citizenAID to provide life-saving treatment kits and training for all Licking County schools

April 24, 2019

NEWARK, Ohio – Five local companies – Park National Bank, Licking Memorial Health Systems, The Boeing Company, The Energy Cooperative and Atrium – have partnered with citizenAID to bring life-saving training to Licking County schools. This marks the first corporate sponsorship for citizenAID, which teaches people to be citizen responders and act effectively in situations before emergency responders are available to provide medical support.

The partnership will provide citizenAID Public Treatment Kits in all 1,300 Licking County classrooms, and High Visibility Wall Stations that hold multiple kits in high-traffic areas at all schools across the county. The sponsorship also includes online safety, security, and trauma care training for all school staff members. Additionally, every purchased training program through the partnership includes an educational one for one match from citizenAID. Combined, more than 1,000 Licking County teachers will be trained through the program.

“One of the greatest strengths of our Licking County community is how local leaders, from both the business and public sector, partner together to make important initiatives a reality,” said Park Executive Vice President Matthew Miller. “This creative collaboration between five local companies, our local schools, and citizenAID is an excellent solution that can have a valuable impact on our future.”

“Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) is pleased to partner with other community-minded organizations to offer this essential training in the Licking County community,” said Rob Montagnese, LMHS President & CEO. “The citizenAID program aligns with our mission to improve the health of the community by preparing teachers to confidently provide effective support during a medical emergency.”

In 2018, Newark schools were the first in the country to partner with citizenAID, which is the exclusive Emergency and Bleeding Control partner of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Granville schools added the program later that year. It is available in more than 50 school districts and four states.

“I’m encouraged by citizenAID’s initiative to train, equip, and prepare our communities to save lives in the event of an emergency,” said Ohio Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-12). “This is a great example of a community empowerment program that brings public and private sectors together to make a positive change.”

The citizenAID treatment kits, training courses, and app were designed by emergency response experts with decades of experience, equipping people with the knowledge to respond in a crisis. It teaches a simple, logical system of immediate actions designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass effective messages to first-responders, to prioritize the injured, and to give life-saving first aid.

“I am overwhelmed by the support we have had for the citizenAID initiative,” said citizenAID CEO Bob Otter. “Partnerships between business and communities like this helps us toward our goal of training 1 million teachers for free, and allows us to put life-saving equipment in more classrooms than we ever could on our own.”

To learn more about citizenAID and the services it provides, please visit https://citizenaid.us/.

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