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In the event of a single-patient or mass trauma, the school is ready with trauma kits and trained staff

One of Molalla's rural schools is now a little safer, thanks to some proactive parents and a couple of generous donors.

Molalla River Academy is one of two charter schools in Molalla River School District; it is situated at the old Dickie Prairie Schoolhouse about five miles outside city limits.

"They're pretty darn rural," said parent Brad Kuhn, "about as rural as any school in Clackamas County."

Kuhn is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical services coordinator, and his wife Jodi is an EMT, both serving at Colton Fire department. They are also registered instructors for "Stop the Bleed," an initiative with the goal of teaching 200 million people how to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding.

Between their child's school sitting outside the city and the two having knowledge about emergency response times, the Kuhns became a bit concerned about what could happen at the school in an emergency situation.

"It'd be a difficult situation because they are so far from help," Kuhn said. "And it is an open-campus design, so it's not a particularly well-secured environment, necessarily."

So the parents got to work seeking funds, about $1,500, for trauma kits to place in the classrooms and other areas at the school.

Two organizations stepped up to help. AMR Ambulance, which serves Clackamas County, provided $750 worth of tourniquets for the kits; and Hope Animal Hospital in Molalla provided $750 in cash for the remaining supplies to fill the kits.

"Those two folks took care of the $1,500 we needed to deploy the kits to all the classrooms," Kuhn said. "It was great. It was really nice of them."

COURTESY PHOTO: BRAD KUHN - Staff at Molalla River Academy learn to use a tourniquet during a training event in January.

The Kuhns delivered the kits to the school in late January and Jodi trained teachers and staff on what to do in a trauma situation. According to Kuhn, the training is a basic class to teach simple skills such as how to stop a person's leg from bleeding out before more help can arrive.

While the Kuhns spearheaded this effort out of personal interest, having a child at MRA, they are willing to help bring the program to other schools. Those interested can reach Kuhn via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Kristen Wohlers
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