Courses to teach rescue techniques

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A member of the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club brings a new class to the facility that aims to help people learn how to save lives.

Stop the Bleed is a national program, and Kenny O’Rourke recently brought it to the club. He teaches people how to recognize life-threatening bleeds and different techniques to control them until help arrives.

“Bleeding is the number one cause of death in adults and children with traumatic injury,” O’Rourke said.

O’Rourke has worked in the emergency medical field for more than 30 years, but said the driving force behind his involvement in Stop the Bleed was the Oct. 1 shootings in Las Vegas.

“I was an ER and trauma nurse then and I saw over 236 people that night,” he said. “Some of them (the victims) probably could have been saved (if their bleeding had been stopped). … So I thought that instead of complaining, I would do something.

About a year ago he brought these courses to the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club and so far he has trained over 60 people. Due to the pandemic, he said classes were limited and he was unable to train as many people as he hoped.

The next classes at the club are May 15, 21, 22 and 28. Usually they cost $10 for non-club members and are free for members.

In May they are free for everyone as it is National Stop the Bleed month.

“We are stepping up our game,” he said.

At local courses, participants will follow the curriculum provided for the national program as well as special practical training with bleeding simulators.

“The participants seem to like it,” he said.

Classes are open to children and adults, but O’Rourke said if someone isn’t handling the sight of blood well, caution should be exercised.

“If you’re sick of blood, this probably isn’t the course for you,” he said.

All Stop the Bleed classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end between 11:30 a.m. and noon. To register, go to https://brpclub.org/courses/stop-the-bleed/.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at [email protected] or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

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