Lineboro volunteer fire department offering training for life-threatening injuries on May 11

Lineboro volunteer fire department offering training for life-threatening injuries on May 11
The Winfield volunteer fire company participated in Stop The Bleed, a national campaign to train first responders and the public in ways to control life-threatening bleeding. The Lineboro volunteer fire company will host a training for the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. (Courtesy photo)

May is being recognized as National Stop The Bleed Month for the first time by the American College of Surgeons, and there are ways Carroll residents and organizations can receive training in lifesaving techniques.

The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a training for the public on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at the fire hall, 4224 Main Street, Lineboro.


EMS Captain Matthew Burgan said the training will run an hour to an hour and a half. One section will be a presentation and a second part will be a practical demonstration for practicing bleeding control techniques like putting on tourniquets and packing wounds.

It will be taught by Lineboro personnel who are trained as instructors. No formal registration is needed.

“This training is for any time someone suffers a life-threatening hemorrhage … it’s not just limited to active assailant incidents,” Burgan said.

The training is open to everyone and there are no physical or educational requirements to attend. It’s not recommenced for children who are younger than middle school because they may not have the needed cognitive motor skills. Attendees should wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. The simulations of injuries will be life-like and some may find them graphic.

“It’s designed to target the immediate responder — the people that are on the scene,” Burgan said.

Trained individuals can save lives in traumatic incidents where there is little time to wait for outside assistance. A victim who is suffering from an arterial bleed can succumb to that injury in as little as three minutes, according to a news release from the fire company.

Of the 5 million deaths worldwide caused by hemorrhaging, 16% could have been prevented by earlier recognition of bleeding and more rapid and effective hemorrhage control, according to the release.

“We’re proud to have this as our inaugural event, but it’s our intention to offer this several times a year throughout the year and not just during May,” Burgan said. “This is vital and lifesaving information and we want to get it out as widespread as we can.”

But the May 11 community training is not the only opportunity to receive training in Stop the Bleed techniques. Businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations in the Lineboro area may contact the fire company to schedule a Stop the Bleed training run by EMS providers.

Training classes are usually about an hour long, and can accommodate 10-15 people per class. Bigger organizations can be split into multiple classes.

“You can come to us, or we can come to you,” the fire company wrote in the release.

The fire company will also be able to answer individual questions about Stop the Bleed questions.

To schedule a training in May, or if you have questions about Stop The Bleed, email