Area first responders supported National Stop the Bleed Day with a free public training for the public on Saturday.
The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, hospitals and EMS from across the area camer together to connect potential students with instructors for a day of free training.
The event took place at Cypress Creek EMS in Spring.
Launched in 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
"No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene," organizers said. "A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care."
Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46, according to a National Academies of Science study.