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SECOND ‘STOP THE BLEED’ EDUCATION COURSE BETWEEN DES STAFF AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
CUMBERLAND – With trauma remaining in the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services personnel continue their ‘Stop the Bleed’ education. Instructors presented the two part, lecture and hands on training to County Joint Communications staff and deputies with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon at the PPG Road office building.
“The world we live in has changed and it is important for lay people and first responders to understand the importance of controlling severe bleeding quickly,” Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Interim EMS Chief Christopher Biggs said. “It is our priority to bring our combined pre-hospital trauma experience and bleeding control techniques to as many people as possible.”
‘Stop the Bleed’ is a national course, launched in 2015 provides bystanders and lay persons with tools to rapidly control bleeding until pre-hospital emergency responders arrive. The course teaches attendees that a person with uncontrolled, severe bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes.
“Providing the education and hands on training is our main objective,” Biggs said. “If one life is saved by providing this education, we have done our job.”
The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma reports that trauma is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States overall for all ages. The report shows that there are nearly 40,000 homicide and suicide deaths in the U.S. each year. In addition to over 40,000 deaths and nearly 3 million injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
“The skills taught in this course can not only be used in the professional setting, but also in your private life,” Biggs said. “We hear many stories of citizens that have applied tourniquets or performed bleeding control measures on family and friends.”
Thursday’s session is the second course offered to county law enforcement personnel.
At the completion of the course today each deputy was provided a tourniquet and personal IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). These kits are designed to be worn by the officers and can be rapidly deployed to control bleeding on themselves or other injured parties.
“Conducting joint training between the tactical EMS providers and law enforcement providers will greatly enhance the safety of not only the county law enforcement personnel, but all Allegany County citizens,” Biggs said.
“Working as a team is what Allegany County is all about. By working side-by-side with our county tactical EMS providers it will insure that our community is well cared for,” Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson said in a release earlier this month.
To date, over 2,000 residents, public and private school staff, students, bus drivers, pre-hospital providers, law enforcement officers and nursing staff having been trained in Allegany and Garrett counties.