Learn to “Stop the Bleed” and save a life

Kodiak Fire Chief is available to teach class to local civic groups, churches, and businesses. He says the more people in Kodiak who know how to treat massive trauma, the more likely people will survive because someone at the scene will be trained.

 

Active shooter situations have become all too familiar to Americans and Kodiak’s fire chief wants to make sure people in Kodiak know how to respond if ever caught in an active shooter situation.

Your response could literally save lives, said Chief Jim Mullican, who says it has been proven that victims are more likely to survive a shooting when someone on scene is able to administer first aid ahead of the arrival of Emergency Medical Services.

With that in mind, Mullican has set a goal to teach as many Kodiak residents as possible how to treat massive bleeding in an emergency. He said the more people who are trained, the higher the probability that someone at a potential scene would know how to respond.  He says he has already taught the class in the schools, at the Kodiak Area Native Association, and is working to get other establishments on board.

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The class is called ‘Stop the Bleed,” and a session is being offered tomorrow Thursday morning for anyone interested.

He is also available for any civic group, church, business or others who want to host a training.

“The course is developed for a non-medical audience to address of immediate responder to the incident, to a life threatening incident. So, if somebody’s locked in a closet hiding from the bad guy while law enforcement’s taking care of it and someone’s wounded in there, we’re teaching them how to apply immediate pressure and immediate things to take care of the wounds to stop the bleed.”

Stop the Bleed is a national program to educate and train Americans how to respond to those emergencies.

“We’re just simply not going to get there fast enough because of all the things we have to do. Law enforcement have to take care of the aggressors. That then allows us to be able to come in and begin care for the patients.”

A prime example of witnesses stepping up and helping those shot is the 2017 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas concert shooting where 59 died and more than 500 where hurt.

Mullican says more than 80 percent of the shooting victims were treated onsite by other concertgoers, not professional rescuers. And, he adds, a “tremendous amount” of people survived because of their quick response.

“The training is to train people in these situations when and if they occur, that they are more prepared for it. Whether they’re in a large box store down south, whether they’re in the mall in Anchorage, or, unfortunately, if they’re here in Kodiak. It’s a program to prepare people to deal with something when it occurs.”

The Stop the Bleed class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce conference room. There is no charge, but you need to register ahead of time as there is limited space. The number to call is the Chamber’s office at 486-5557.

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