Locals learn lifesaving skills

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Two classes were held at the Sweet Grass County Ambulance training facility to teach community members how to recognize and stop life-threatening bleeding June 27 and 28. This training was provided by Danielle Thomas, RN, who is a trauma nurse in Colorado and grew up in Big Timber. 

Life-threatening bleeding can occur in may circumstances including: Car accidents, farming accidents, machinery accidents and gunshot wounds. This training was offered on a voluntary basis to anyone that was interesting in learning these lifesaving skills. 

This class sparked particular interest in the teachers from the Big Timber School District. Between the two classes, nine teachers attended and learned the necessary skills to save a life threatened by an injury causing excessive blood loss. The class was also attended by Susan Sondeno, the school nurse, and public health nurse Jennifer Chappell, who earned a certification to instruct Stop the Bleed classes in the future. 

Two packing models, created by Jackson Strain, a 4-H member in Johnstown, Colo.,for part of his self-determined project, were donated to Sweet Grass County as well as training supplies to initially implement a training program for the residents of Big Timber. 

This class was provided free to the community and was sponsored by members of the Big Timber PEO Chapter (Cheri Fjare, Marie Thibeault, Mary Lair, Nancy Goble and Lin Martin). The PEO provided drinks, snacks and treats for the participants.