Gun violence is a hot topic in our nation. Nobody likes to hear about mass-shootings, regardless of where we stand on the issue of gun legislation. As the Episcopal Church continues to speak out against gun violence, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has long looked for ways we can help our local community through conversation and providing mental help resources. In addition to vocalizing our concerns, we wish to look for ways to empower our community. In reality, our gun culture will take some time to change. In the meantime, what more can we do?
On Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 PM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in partnership with West County EMS & Fire, will host a training event in which the community is invited to participate. “Stop the Bleed” is a nation-wide program aimed at empowering and equipping civilians with life-saving skills to help stop life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency situation.
Unfortunately, the world as we know it is plagued with tragedies, more and more of which are associated with schools. The number one cause of preventable death during these tragedies is hemorrhage, specifically extremity/limb bleeds. With community support, we can be better prepared to respond if an unspeakable tragedy occurred.
Description of Course
The course will be led by West County EMS & Fire personnel and takes approximately 45 minutes. It includes a small PowerPoint Lecture, aimed at teaching easily remembered tasks to treat a life-threatening bleed, and hands on training to practice the learned skills. At the end of the course certificates will be given to all attendees. As a district we highly recommend this course to all adults that frequent places of gathering, they will be the first to encounter a preventable death, meaning someone with a life-threatening bleed who could survive if treated immediately and who otherwise might not survive till first responders arrive. By September of 2019 there were already 283 reported incidents where this program could have changed the outcome for some, at least 66 of these incidents occurred on school grounds.
Being situated in a community with several schools and churches, we feel this is a necessity for our community. We hope you will join us in preparing our community to assist in emergency response.
The event is free to attend. While it is geared toward adults, truly any age that is capable to assist can participate and learn the skills. Registration is required and can be done so by calling or emailing the church office at 636-227-1227 or ‘stlukesmo @ sbcglobal.net.’ Any questions may be directed to these sources as well. Childcare will be available for the first 10 children who need it. Please indicate your full name, age, how many registrants will be attending, and contact details when registering. Coffee, snacks and other refreshments will be available.
To learn more about the “Stop the Bleed” initiative, visit www.stopthebleed.org.