Mayor Joseph Ganim
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2018
For More Information:
Dalmarys Matos (203) 576-7201
City of Bridgeport to Provide Free “Stop the Bleed” Training For Residents
BRIDGEPORT, CT –The City of Bridgeport will be participating in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign by providing free training to city employees and residents on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT. The training will teach participants how to stop massive blood loss in emergency situations.
“Although we hope you will never be in a situation where you will need this training, it brings a sense of comfort to know you will be prepared,” said Mayor Ganim. “This Stop the Bleed training is an invaluable resource for everyone. No matter what your profession or medical knowledge, those who take advantage of this training will leave with a basic understanding on how to potentially save a life.”
Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) Scott Appleby said, “We all play a role in emergencies and disasters. This training will provide our community with the skills needed to help their family, friends or neighbors. In the event of an unfortunate medical trauma or mass casualty situations, we want our residents to be educated. The best outcomes are possible when we are better prepared.”
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.
According to a National Academies of Science study, the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46 is trauma. This campaign prepares bystanders to be able to provide initial care before paramedics arrive in order to decrease casualties.
Launched in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
For more information, go to: https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed.