Did you know that a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes?
The Gulf Shores Fire Department, in conjunction with the Gulf Shores schools (Elementary, Middle, and High), wants to implement the Stop the Bleed Initiative and equip the Gulf Shores schools with potentially lifesaving tools. The goal is to provide each classroom with trauma kit. These kits will contain tourniquets and other first responder devices that could be lifesaving! The Gulf Shores Fire Department will also train all staff members on how to use these kits in the event of an emergency.
Yes, the thought of such an act is horrible to even think about, but we want to ensure our schools, staff and students are prepared! We need your help to fund this potentially lifesaving endeavor. Each kit costs approximately $55 and 200 kits are required for all three schools for a total fundraising initiative of $11,000. Can you sponsor just one classroom to help reach this goal and take another step towards protecting our children?
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and 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. https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.
In the aftermath of one of our nation’s most horrific acts of intentional harm – the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was created. Compromised of a world-class team of healthcare and government leaders, this group met to evaluate issues and recommend change. (https://stopthebleedingcoalition.org/index.php/hartford-consensus/)
The work product of this group, which bears the name of the city in which the meetings occurred, has come to be known as the Hartford Consensus. The Hartford Consensus III states: (1) states uncontrolled bleeding is the most significant preventable cause of death in the pre-hospital environment, (2) directs all responders – civilian and professional – to have the education and necessary equipment for hemorrhage control, and (3) strongly endorses civilian bystanders to act as “immediate responders.” (https://stopthebleedingcoalition.org/index.php/hartford-consensus/)