Training provides life-saving skills

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Trained medical personnel here now offer a new life-saving course for Department of Defense civilians and military dependents.

“Stop the Bleed” training began in 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security following the Sandy Hook Elementary School active shooter tragedy.

“The course is intended to enable people to become trained to help in a bleeding emergency before paramedics arrive on scene,” said Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Marrs, 66th Medical Squadron Medical Operations superintendent. “The course is similar to Self Aid and Buddy Care training that’s required for Airmen every 24 months.”

According to Marrs, a certified “Stop the Bleed” instructor, uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death from trauma.

“A person can die from blood loss in as little as five minutes,” she said. “The average time for emergency personnel to arrive on scene is seven minutes. This training may be the difference between life and death to someone who is injured.”

The class, typically 60minutes in length, includes both slides and hands-on training, such as tourniquet use, wound packing with gauze and applying hemostatic agents to stop significant bleeding.

“Our goal is to teach as many of our military dependents and civilian counterparts as we can to best prepare our community to take action and save lives wherever and whenever an emergency situation occurs,” Marrs said.

Recommended class size is four to 12 students, she said.

Those interested in scheduling a course may contact Marrs by email at

Additional information about the course is available at