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NEWS | Sept. 12, 2016

Anyone Can Be a Lifesaver, No Matter the Uniform

By 1st Lt. Brittany Kluck 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

On and off the battlefield trauma is one of top of death for American Soldiers and civilians. Each year more than 192,000 people lose their lives to trauma. After a traumatic injury, bleeding is responsible for more than 35 percent of pre-hospital deaths and over 40 percent of deaths within the first 24 hours. Soldiers are taught basic first-aid techniques once they join the military and receive refresher courses throughout their time while serving.

Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to respond quickly and save lives. Bystanders are always the first on the scene when a traumatic injury occurs. Time is crucial when waiting for first responders to arrive. Therefore, Health First trauma providers and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to offer hands-on training of basic life-saving interventions such as using pressure, tourniquet application, and hemostatic agents.  The skills taught build on the techniques military members have been taught through their years of service.

“The information learned, the skills learned and the equipment that will be provided will save lives as it already has in our county” said Dave Schmitt, Health First Training Center Manager

Sgt.1st Class Chris Donaldson served with the the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for four years, in addition to, serving with the Florida National Guard for more than 13 years. Donaldson currently serves as a Force Protection non-commission officer for more than 4 years with the 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) based out of Orlando, Fla. During this campaign he shares his military and civilian experiences during the two-hour course as a demonstrator and assistant instructor.

The class, Bleeding Control for the injured, is a two-hour course taught at the Health First Education and Training Center in Melbourne, Fla. This course is designed to teach individuals how to recognize life threating bleeding, how to use commercial medically proven safe tourniquets, and how to make a makeshift tourniquet from items in your environment.  The class also teaches individuals how to use hemostatic gauze in areas where tourniquets can’t be placed on the body.

“This program has been created off many techniques we currently use on the battlefield” said Sgt.1st Class Chris Donaldson, 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Force Protection Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge.

The class is completely free thanks to the Health First Foundation. The class is recommended for ages 12 and up for anyone that work or reside in Brevard County.

“This will make Brevard County one of if not the best prepared counties in the either country to stop the bleed and that is a fact” said Schmitt.

There are five more classes schedule for later in the year. Advance registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register visit or call 321.434.1972