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Metro East fire department to offer training to help in mass attacks

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'Stop the Bleed' training (Credit: KMOV) 'Stop the Bleed' training (Credit: KMOV)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Metro East fire department is offering training to treat victims in mass attacks and natural disasters.

The Edwardsville Fire Department is teaching “Stop the Bleed” classes to normal citizens to help them respond to people who have been injured.

Derek Huber is a firefighter and paramedic. He said no one expects to find themselves in a mass casualty situation, but bystanders are always first on the scene.

“That’s the purpose behind the training,” said Huber. “During one of these situations, first responders can be overtaxed with other things.”

The special training is offered to help people survive.

Huber reflected on the Las Vegas mass shooting in early October. He said a man actually stole a truck to drive victims in this shooting to the hospital.

While others were applying pressure on wounds when they themselves were shot.

“With these shootings or even natural disasters tornadoes, hurricanes earthquakes or motor vehicle crashes, a person can bleed out and die in as little as 5 minutes,” said Huber.

If you would like to sign up for the training call the Edwardsville Fire Department  (618) 692-7541 or email them fire@cityofedwardsville.com

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