Whether someone is suffering from cardiac arrest or bleeding from a traumatic injury, residents can have a significant impact on the patient’s survival if they take action based on training provided by North Metro Fire Rescue District.
On August 18, North Metro Fire will teach residents how to give CPR, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and control bleeding from a trauma as part of their non-certification Family and Friends® CPR classes and Stop the Bleed® classes.
Firefighters will teach the free CPR and Stop the Bleed classes back to back at North Metro Fire’s Headquarters at 101 Spader Way in Broomfield. One set of classes will begin at 9 a.m., the next set will start at noon, and the last sessions will begin at 3 p.m. Participants can attend one or both lifesaving classes and are encouraged to register online at www.nmfr.org/cpr to ensure a spot.
Participants will watch an instructional video in the Family and Friends® CPR class and get to practice hands-only compressions on CPR mannequins under the supervision of North Metro firefighters. They will also learn how to use an AED to help revive a potential cardiac arrest victim.
In the Stop the Bleed classes, participants will learn how to pack wounds, apply a tourniquet and further assist a victim who is bleeding from an injury. The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding, and 20 percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control (Source: stopthebleedday.org).
North Metro Fire is able to offer these classes for free with support from Mile High RETAC, which provides equipment and supplies for the classes. While registration is encouraged, walk-in participants are welcome as space allows. Minors are welcome to attend the classes as long as they are accompanied by an adult.