Downtown Phoenix training event aims to "stop the bleed" by teaching people life-saving skills

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A drill took place Thursday in Downtown Phoenix was aimed at helping to save lives.

The event, called "Stop The Bleed", is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths, and about 40% of trauma-related deaths are due to bleeding. Someone who's bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, and bystanders are typically always first on scene.

Phoenix Police, along with Phoenix Fire officials, trained Downtown Partnership staff members on how to provide life saving help in an emergency.
These people would be best positioned to help provide care, and after the training, they now know how to administer tourniquets to stop bleeding in in an emergency, before help arrives.

"We have folks coming down here on a daily basis to enjoy themselves, and we have a responsibility making sure they have a safe location, and that we're prepared if something bad were to happen," said Jay Johnson with Phoenix Police.

"Because of our proximity to certain people in situations, I think it's always certainly a good thing to have," said Downtown Ambassador Cody Rouse. "Something else we can provide to the public that sort of enhances what we do."

Funding for the project came from a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack grant that was awarded to the City of Phoenix in 2017.