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TAA Fire Department Adds more First Aid Kits to #StopTheBleed

TUCSON, Ariz. (October 7, 2016):  In a nationwide campaign by the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about preventing death from blood loss in emergency situations, the Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department has recently installed twelve first aid kits to its jurisdiction to "Stop the Bleed."

TAAFD has added these kits to all of its 11 AED cabinets in the main terminal. One is also located at TAA's field maintenance building. The kits consist of a pressure bandage, tourniquet, and assorted soft goods. They are intended for massive hemorrhage and not for Band-Aids. All kits include instructions for those who are unaware as to how to use it.

The basic premise is to compress the area where the bleeding is coming and apply pressure with bandages or clothing. The tourniquet should be used if the bleeding does not stop.

"Stop the Bleed" is meant to empower individuals to act quickly to save lives. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, making the bystander an important part of the life-saving process when emergency responders are on their way.

TAAFD will offer B-Con course’s every other month beginning in Nov. Dates for the class will also be posted on the intranet. This course is open to all employees as well as tenants of TAA. All participants will receive a National Association of EMT’s B-Con Certificate. This new 2 ½ hour course teaches participants the basic life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. The course is designed for NON tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training. Course will include a PowerPoint presentation and skill station.