Stop the Bleed trains for emergencies
Most people don’t know that a person can bleed to death in three minutes.
In Chino Valley, a group called Oath Keepers works with the Chino Valley Police Department to train residents how to save lives by stopping major bleeding during emergencies, such as shootings, car crashes, stabbings and industrial accidents.
The group consists of active duty and former military, law enforcement, first responders and residents. It is led by Jim Arroyo, state vice president and Yavapai County coordinator.
“We had a training class on Dec. 8 at First Southern Baptist Church in Chino Valley called ‘Stop The Bleed,’” he said. “The first hour was a power point presentation, and the second hour was hands-on training, which consists of basic wound packing, pressure bandage, and two different types of tourniquets.
“The most common remark was how empowered people felt after the training, because they felt they would now know what to do in an emergency to help save a life.”
CVPD has trained staff and teachers at Chino Valley High School, Heritage Middle School and both elementary schools in town, Arroyo said.
There is no charge for the class, but the group does accept donations to get more materials to train more people.
“I think this class is so important, because in these emergencies the number one preventative loss of life is massive hemorrhage,” Arroyo said.
“I love teaching, and this gives us a chance to teach as many people as we can to save lives.”
The next class will be Jan. 15 at a church in Prescott.
Groups can contact Oath Keepers at 928-636-8895 to schedule a class at no cost.