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Learn to ‘Stop the Bleed’


08/08/18
               

Stop The Bleed with Direct PressureSpokane Valley Fire Department is proud to launch our new Stop the Bleed training program. Starting in September, we’ll be offering FREE two-hour classes for citizens to learn how to stop uncontrolled bleeding, the #1 cause of preventable death from trauma in the U.S. We’re also partnering with school districts in the greater Spokane Valley to bring this valuable training program to school staff and students.

Uncontrolled bleeding can happen anywhere and be caused by many things such as motor vehicle collisions, mechanical equipment malfunction and even bicycle and playground injuries. This means the skills learned in Stop the Bleed can be widely applied in many situations. This training program is similar to citizen CPR training.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness and training program that aims to train citizens – called ‘immediate responders’ – to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012, Stop the Bleed was developed by the American College of Surgeons and launched with a call to action by the White House in 2015. Since that time, more than 15,000 health care professionals and paramedics have been trained to teach bleeding control. These professionals, in turn, have trained over 124,000 members of the general public how to stop uncontrolled bleeding using a training program that is similar to citizen CPR training.

Citizens can register for the free Stop the Bleed training class offered on the third Saturday of each month, starting on September 15, 2018. The two-hour classes are offered at 9:00 am and 11:30 am at the SVFD Training Center, 2411 N. Pioneer Lane (just east of Sullivan near the Spokane Industrial Park). The classes are taught by SVFD Paramedic RW Pegau. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in the Bleeding Control Basic v.1.0 Course. Call 928-1700 to register.

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