OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – Saturday is “National Stop The Bleed Day.” All across the country, first responders are training everyday folks how to treat catastrophic bleeding situations safely. “National Stop The Bleed Day” is a response to catastrophic mass shootings. It’s a training effort focused on empowering people to help victims before first responders can arrive.
Opelika’s Southern Union is embracing the event. Saturday, trained EMS instructors like Chris Down will be opening their classrooms to the public to save lives during emergencies.
“Traumatic bleeding is the most preventable cause of death when dealing with a traumatic injury. Over 20% of deaths from traumatic bleeding could have been prevented – with rapid bleeding control,” explains Down.
Down and other Southern Union EMT instructors can show you and your kids, how to recognize traumatic bleeds; then correctly and safely apply various treatments like tourniquets and wound packing. Classes last about an hour and run from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm on campus in the Health Science building.
Down says the Department of Homeland Security saw the need for bleed control training after 27 children and adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school. As a father, veteran, and EMT – Down’s is passionate about doing all he can to save lives.
“They want it to be as common as hands-on CPR and to work a fire extinguisher; because we saw the deaths that could have been prevented,” Down said.
Parents you are encouraged to bring your kids. Tourniquet kits, packing gauze and protective gloves will be available for purchase at less than market prices.
For more information and to register click here: Southern Union: “National Stop The Bleed” training information