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Niagara and Erie County Departments of Health Stop the Bleed Campaign Collaborative Looking For Interested Sites to Receive Free Training and Kit

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Thursday, May 10, 2018/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Department of Health and Erie County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps programs are collaborating to provide free Stop the Bleed training as part of their newly awarded MRC Challenge Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). “We encourage local agencies and organizations to receive the training and a free hemorrhage control kit to help us build more resilient communities,” stated Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County Public Health Director. Agencies and organizations that are encouraged to obtain the training and free kit include schools, large employers, community centers, churches, etc. The first 60 sites (in each county) that register for the free training (starting June 1), taught by a Medical Reserve Corps / SMART trainer, will receive a free stop the bleed kit.  Interested agencies and organizations should contact their respective MRC coordinator to schedule a training. Those in Niagara County may contact Francisco Meza Aguero at 716-439-7436 or Those in Erie County may contact Pati Aine Guzinski at 716-858-7109 or


According to the Stop the Bleeding Coalition, 54% of Active Shooter Events occurred in a workplace or academic setting from 2002-2012. Additionally, studies show up to 80% of civilian trauma fatalities are due to uncontrolled bleeding from an extremity. Unfortunately, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Fortunately, properly trained and equipped bystanders can quickly stop the blood loss and safe lives. A recommendation from lessons learned after the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident is that there needs to be public access to hemorrhage control tools (Hartford Consensus). Therefore, the Niagara and Erie County Health Department Public Health Emergency Preparedness programs are collaborating to empower bystanders with Stop the Bleed training. Sites are encouraged to provide public access to bleeding control bags and that are located in a widely accessible space, similar to AEDs and should be readily visible and available for use within three minutes of need.


For more information regarding this project, please contact Elise Pignatora at 716-439-7431 or


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