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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Feb. 25, 2024

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Firefighters union hosting first aid class

The Columbian

Vancouver – The Vancouver firefighters union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 452, will host a two-hour course Saturday on how to treat bleeding injuries.

The course, as part of the national Stop the Bleed campaign, trains participants in first aid techniques based on real-world knowledge gained from 20 years of military data on battlefield injuries involving serious bleeding.

The initiative was developed in 2015, in part through the White House, Department of Homeland Security, American College of Surgeons and other groups, with the goal of teaching life-saving first aid to everyday people.

The union said the techniques taught are the same used by the military, SWAT units and emergency responders. Instructors will include local firefighters, hospital staff, veterans and police officers.

The course runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vancouver Fire Fighters Union Hall, 2807 N.W. Fruit Valley Road, Vancouver.

The program is offered for free, but tax-deductible donations to help offset course costs will be accepted.

Register or send questions to Joe Schrater at joe.schrater@iaff452.org. More information on the course is available online at www.bleedingcontrol.org.