Updated: May 11, 2022
May is Stop the Bleed Month and Dammeron Valley Fire & Rescue will conduct training that is open to Dammeron Valley community members above the age of 14 years. The training will be held on Wednesday, May 18 beginning at 6:00 PM MDT at DVFR Station 13.
Stop the Bleed (STB), an initiative of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup with the purpose of preparing the public to save lives by stopping life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and natural disasters. Advances in medical research and hemorrhage control learned in government and military actions are brought to the public through STB training events across the country.
“Dammeron Valley’s rural setting offers residents and visitors many opportunities for recreation, and with that comes the risk of traumatic injury from falls and ATV accidents,” stated Colleen Homer, DVFR’s Emergency Medical Service Director. “Having the knowledge and practical skills to stop traumatic bleeding while waiting for EMS resources to arrive can mean the difference between life and death.”
The STB training is designed to teach participants how to stop traumatic bleeding and does not require any specialized or advanced medical training or experience. The training is conducted in person over a 90-minute session and includes both lecture and hands-on simulations and practice opportunities. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate.
Director Homer added, “When seconds and minutes count, we want to provide to ensure everyone in Dammeron Valley has the knowledge and ability to make a difference. We’re pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the community and look forward to seeing as many as possible at the event.”