Eau Claire (WQOW) – We know every second counts in an emergency. Thursday, dozens of people in our area learned what to do before emergency responders arrive.
Stop the Bleed training was held Thursday at Eau Claire Rescue Station 10. Organizers said there were three sessions focused on training people how to control bleeding from cuts, car accidents and event worst-case scenarios like the tragedy of a school shooting.
“Our fire and EMS departments are great getting out to the scene,” said Tyler Esh, Eau Claire County Emergency Management coordinator. “But, it takes somebody calling 911, getting dispatched, and getting out there. More often than not, there’s going to be other people on scene first.”
Esh said the class teaches people how to use a tourniquet, what first aid materials you may need and other ways to slow bleeding until help arrives. Eau Claire County Emergency Management is currently working with local school districts, in hopes to train teachers how to save a life as well.