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.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A bleeding person can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those near someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if equipped with the appropriate training and resources.
What’s Happening Now
The Stop the Bleed initiative brought together a number of Federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations to develop and disseminate resources to train the public in bleeding control.
The Stop the Bleed initiative began as a collaborative effort headed up by the White House that included a number of Federal agencies, including the NHTSA Office of EMS, as well as national organizations and corporations.
Stop the Bleed classes are provided through a partnership between the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, the City of Bainbridge Island, and Bainbridge Prepares. Classes are intended for individual members of the community and are offered at no charge. Find class dates, times, and registration information here.