ROCHESTER, Minn. — March 31 is National Stop the Bleed Day. As part of a national campaign to educate citizens on how to stop or control bleeding in medical emergencies, the Rochester Fire Department held a Stop the Bleed class for members of the public at Station Two.
The firefighters taught class attendees different techniques to stop and manage bleeding, and how to pack wounds. Participants practiced applying tourniquets on dummys to get real-life experience.
Bay City resident Schyler Martin was in town visiting family over the Easter holiday. He took the opportunity to sign up himself and his daughter for the class. He said that recent school shootings made are what made him want his daughter to have this training.
"I brought my fourteen year old daughter along with me because unfortunately in this day and age you just never know when you're gonna come up on something where you're gonna need to have those techniques and that knowledge," said Martin.
RFD says that when members of the public know how to take action before firefighters and other emergency medical service personnel arrive - lives can be saved.
"Some of those things to stop and control the bleeding, whether it's direct pressure or the application of a tourniquet, those efforts can stop bleeding and save lives before EMS or law enforcement can get on scene to do that," explains Holly Mulholland, captain at the Rochester Fire Department.
This was the first public emergency medical class offered to the public by the Rochester Fire Department. Almost twenty people were in attendance. The RFD's medical director Dr. Matt Sztajnkrycer and other EMS group members also provide the class in Rochester schools.