BAR HARBOR — Preventing deaths from uncontrolled bleeding is the aim of a free Stop the Bleed class for members of the public set to take place at Machias Savings Bank on Tuesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. The program is meant to train bystanders to help control dangerous bleeding in an emergency before first responders can arrive.
“This is just to get the average person prepared to intervene when someone has a severe bleeding wound,” said Bar Harbor Assistant Fire Chief John Lennon. The fire department here also is the town’s emergency medical service.
Lennon said controlling the bleeding of an injured party can be the difference between life and death. Due to weather conditions and diverse terrain here, sometimes it can take awhile for emergency medical personnel to reach an emergency scene.
The Stop the Bleed course includes a presentation followed by practical training. During the 90-minute course, students will learn how to use tourniquets and a number of other techniques.
“The info gained from taking this can be used in many scenarios including: hiking, camping, snowmobiling, ATVing, home [and] work site,” Lennon said in an email. “It’s just not limited to situations like recent [mass shootings] that are terribly tragic.”
Lennon said the program is “like a phone tree for bleeding control training.” Paramedics here took the class a month ago then led a course for school nurses from the towns in MDI.
The course does not come with an official certification, like CPR training.
The class is limited to 20 participants. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the BHFD.