Pima County residents now have 32 more trained and certified immediate responders among our ranks! On Wednesday, March 22nd, these dedicated Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA) students met at the University of Arizona and completed the necessary educational requirements to obtain American College of Surgeon’s Bleeding Control Certification.
Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they can provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders can take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths may occur.
Although no single set of skills or response can fit all injury, trauma, or active violence situations, making sure everyone knows his or her options and can react decisively will save valuable time and lives. As members of our extended community family, these exceptional men and women now have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help save a life!