Take a look at the Manistee Fire Department Training Day

MANISTEE — If the time came to help another person nearby who had a life-threatening bleed, would you know what to do?

The Manistee Fire Department participated in several trainings on Thursday focused on things like stopping life-threatening bleeding injuries and other situations called high-acuity low-frequency incidents where they happen less but when they happen , they are serious.

Brent Haskin, the department’s fire marshal, said the trainings are part of the continuing education requirements to maintain their licenses.

“What we do is training to allow us to keep our licenses, but also to allow us to practice some skills that we don’t use frequently,” Haskin said. “(They’re) the type of calls we thankfully don’t see very often, but when you see them you’re supposed to master them. The only way to master them is to practice your skills so you can use them when you will need it.

He said the department focuses on needle cricothyrotomy, chest decompressions, intubation and airway interventions, stopping life-threatening bleeding and keeping children on stretchers appropriately safe.

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About six firefighters and one firefighter-paramedic have completed the training.

Tina Robinson, coordinator of the Manistee County Medical Control Authority, taught the Stop the Bleed program portion of Thursday’s training.

Stop the Bleed is taught in the community for places like first responders, businesses, community groups, and schools.

“This (program) came about after the Sandy Hook incident when they realized that if the lay people around (there) had known how to stop the bleeding, more lives could have been saved,” Robinson said during of training.

According to the Stop the Bleed website, “Uncontrolled bleeding is a leading cause of preventable death. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, making hemorrhage the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.

In an interview, Robinson said the program emphasizes that people can use this training anywhere.

Part of the training examines how trainees can identify life-threatening bleeding and take steps to stop its progression in an emergency situation.

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The primary ways to stop a life-threatening bleed include the use of pressure, wrapping, and tourniquets.

“You can put on a tourniquet (in case of an emergency). So people who are in the woods or have a car accident,” she said. “We are, in Manistee County, we have been teaching the programs for about three years.”

She said Manistee County’s Stop the Bleed program has about 350 people who have been trained.

Robinson said the program is also taught in Manistee County schools.

“We had a grant a few years ago before COVID to be able to provide Stop the Bleed kits and training to all schools in Manistee County,” she said, adding that about half of schools in the county had completed Stop the Bleed training. .

Robinson said trainings are now resuming with public schools in the Manistee area on the slate for upcoming instructions.

She said the county’s fire and EMS departments are also learning to be instructors and help with school trainings.

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Outside of schools, Robinson said anyone can use the training.

“We can do the course anywhere, so if there is a need, if someone wants to do it in their church, in their club, with a group of people (we can do it)”, a- she declared. “At the racetrack next year we plan to do a course. So it’s really a program that takes about 45 minutes to an hour to do the whole course and get the training.

Participants get a certificate after completing the program.

Anyone interested in the Stop the Bleed program can contact Robinson at [email protected] to learn more.

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