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Health First, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Announce
"Stop the Bleed" Partnership
Program Teaches Community Members Life-Saving Techniques

MELBOURNE, FL - In light of recent tragedies such as the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 lives were lost and every second counted, Health First and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) are working together to teach life-saving techniques to members of our community at no cost.

Health First President and CEO Steve Johnson and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced details of this important partnership at a press conference on September 1 at Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center.

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives by using life-saving interventions such as pressure and tourniquet application. During the press conference, Health First trauma providers and law enforcement officials demonstrated techniques that will be taught during "Stop the Bleed" training classes that will be offered at the Health First Training and Education Center (3470 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne).

The training class, Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-con), is offered at no cost to the community thanks to the generous support of the Health First Foundation. Additionally, the class participants will receive free tourniquets.

The next class is scheduled for September 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For a complete class schedule and to register for the course, visit HFsaves.org.

BACKGROUND:

  • Trauma is the Number 1 cause of death for Americans between ages 1 and 46
  • Trauma is the Number 3 cause of death overall
  • More than 1,100 law enforcement officers and first responders have received the "Stop the Bleed" training
  • Each year, more than 192,000 people lose their lives to trauma
  • After a traumatic injury, bleeding is responsible for more than 35% of pre-hospital deaths and over 40% of deaths within the first 24 hours
  • Bleeding is the Number 1 cause of preventable death
  • Donations are being accepted to ensure the continuation of this life-saving training. If you are interested in donating to the Health First Foundation, please call 321.434.7353 or visit HFgive.org.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County's not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2015, Health First provided more than $129 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we're giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.

About Brevard County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Wayne Ivey serves as the 30th Sheriff of Brevard County for approximately 543,000 citizens. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to a population of approximately 221,000 in the unincorporated areas of Brevard County and the city of Cape Canaveral and Port Canaveral. The agency is broken down into north, south, east, west and Canaveral precincts.

In 2014, the Sheriff's Office expanded again by adding countywide Animal Services and Enforcement and resuming contracted law enforcement services for Port Canaveral.

Presently, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office has an authorized strength of 1314.5 positions (528.5 sworn law enforcement, 456 sworn correctional, and 331.5 civilian).

The mission of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office is building community and professional partnerships; commitment to excellence and integrity; striving to reduce crime; and objective, fair and equal treatment for all.