Sunday marks six months since a gunman fired into a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st. Among the bloodshed were heroes working to save lives.
Today some of the first responders passed on those valuable life-saving skills to regular people, teaching them how to jump into action when tragedy strikes.
From a shooting to a boating accident, paramedics say an emergency situation can be unpredictable but if someone gets seriously injured then immediate care can sometimes mean the difference between life or death.
“You never know when something bad could happen so it’s good to have this knowledge because it could happen at any time. You could save a family member’s life,” said Melanie Bangle, paramedic with Community Ambulance.
Bangle hopes she can help more and more people be prepared to help in emergency situations while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
“We see on a regular basis where there are injuries in everyday life and civilians can help, but they’re afraid to, they don’t know what to do,” Bangle said.
She said up to 20% of trauma deaths could be prevented with effective bleeding control.
With the number of people who attended the “Stop the Bleed” event held Saturday at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, Bangle said she’s encouraged that people are willing to learn these skills.
“We go over the good Samaritan laws, and we go over just the basic ways, easy ways that people can render aid even if they’re scared to,” Bangle said.
Paramedics also went over basics like calling 911 first so you can use both your hands to find the wound and apply pressure.
Also, they taught attendees how to use a tourniquet and pack a wound.
“It’s the difference between life and death, and I think it’s important to know if possible,” said Maureen Wilson, attendee.
“My daughter convinced me to come, she’s a survivor of Route 91, she’s very involved with “Stop the bleed” and helping to teach classes and things like that,” said Clare Wright, attendee.
Next time there’s an emergency, the folks at the event will be ready to help.
“Most bystanders are right there, and someone can literally, and unfortunately bleed out and die within five minutes or less,” Bangle said.
Officials with Community Ambulance said they were happy with the turnout and hope to hold more classes like this one for residents.