WATERTOWN, NY (WWTI) – The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is looking for community members who are interested in lifesaving training.
The training allows certified instructors to teach the life-saving STOP THE BLEED® technique. The organization is looking for training sites to hold the training and people who would like to attend. FDRHPO’s North Country EMS program agency program director Ann Smith highlighted the benefits of receiving the training in a press release from the organization.
“We have very skilled and dedicated instructors ready to go, and we are all delighted to offer STOP THE BLEED® trainings across the north of the country, teaching ordinary citizens the basic actions to manage severe bleeding following day-to-day emergencies, mass casualty events or natural disasters,” Smith said. “The STOP THE BLEED® Technique allows individuals to provide immediate assistance to stop or slow external bleeding before professional responders arrive – a single action that could save many lives.”
Each community site that trains 20 or more people at their site will be equipped with a STOP THE BLEED® kit to perform the rescue technique in the event of a bleeding emergency at that particular site. This is similar to how automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are made readily available for cardiac emergencies.
Watertown International Airport was the location for the first community training for WHRDF on June 21, and there are 25 free training sessions still available to book. Those interested in coordinating a training site in their community can register online or by calling or emailing the PHRFPO North Country EMS Program Agency at 315-755-2020 ext. 52 or [email protected]
The STOP THE BLEED® initiative in the North Country was made possible by a $4,100 LEAD Impact grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation and its LEAD Council. More information can be found on the STOP THE BLEED® website.