The Chino Valley Police Department is looking to partner and collaborate with the community to help in the Stop the Bleed program, according to a news release from Lieutenant Vincent Schaan.
“This program, Stop the Bleed, is a program geared at training the community to intervene in emergencies by stopping the bleeding of those (who) have suffered an extensive injury that is resulting in blood loss,” the release states, noting that while 911 is important and effective at saving lives, it has limitations and takes time which bleeding people don’t usually have. “The quick and fast response time of first responders, even in our small community, could prove to be too long, which is why we need to partner and collaborate with our community to reduce the response time to begin treatment.”
As such, the department seeks to partner with local business leaders and community groups. The process began a few years ago and has been successful. The first goal is to provide training to the schools conducted by trained members of the police department so staff is prepared for the school year. As for local businesses and community organizations, the Chino Valley Police Department is asking them to buy the equipment for the schools.
Each bag costs about $350 and is fully equipped, Schaan wrote in an email. Currently, there is enough for three bags with additional promised donations coming but the goal is to get at least 10 bags at each school, he wrote. Each on-duty patrol vehicle is equipped with a similar bag as well and officers do additional training and have other items in the bags issued to them.
“The equipment is specific to stopping blood loss. If we can get care/help to our kids, should we have a serious injury or situation at the schools, we are only increasing their chances of survival,” the release states. “This is not a basic first aid program and isn’t geared toward any other aspect of lifesaving intervention except as it relates to stopping blood loss.”
Once staff is trained at all Chino Valley Unified School District schools and facilities, the Chino Valley Police Department will reach out to other local schools and offer the same service to local community groups, churches and businesses as long as they purchase their facility equipment, Schaan wrote.
All donations can be run through the department’s 501c3 foundation which will allow for a tax credit for donations, he wrote.
For more information, contact Schaan at 928-636-4223 ext. 1279 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.