2018-03-16 / In the Know

Public Safety participates in national Stop the Bleed Day

By Nate Contreras Special to the Leader

The Scarborough fire and police departments are teaming up to take part in the National Stop the Bleed Day.

They will provide free bleeding control classes to the public on March 31.

The Stop the Bleed campaign is a partnership with the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma and several other distinguished organizations.

Their unified message is to teach bystanders lifesaving medical care because they will almost always be on scene, prior to the first responders arriving.

A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it is critically important to quickly stop the blood loss.

Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide initial, live-saving care.

According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.

The course will be offered three times on March 31, and takes approximately an hour to complete. There will also be free hands-only CPR classes available for those who want to learn this additional life-saving skill that can be mastered in only five minutes.

Our instructors for both Stop the Bleed and CPR are all subject matter experts in their field and would like to teach our citizens the skills necessary to help others in need.

For more information or to sign up for a session, please email Capt. Contreras at Ncontreras@scarboroughmaine.org.

Nate Contreras is a captain with the Scarborough Fire Department.

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