Bleed Safe Community
Every second counts when trauma victims lie bleeding. The Chino Valley Fire District has partnered with the Chino Valley Fire Foundation in an effort to empower community members to take action by making trauma kits readily accessible in public places and teaching the public life-saving intervention skills that are easy to learn.
What is A Bleed Safe Community
Bleed Safe Community is a program designed to increase survivability from potentially preventable causes of death due to trauma. Although no formal recognition exists, the Chino Valley Fire District is working at a grassroots level to help increase our communities' readiness and resiliency from trauma.
The Bleed Safe model allows cities, counties, and states the ability to evaluate and re-evaluate their readiness to manage trauma. A minimum criteria is set forth for communities to achieve Bleed Safe recognition.
Examples of such criteria include:
• Raising community awareness to the dangers of trauma
• Offering community trauma classes
• Establishing a public access trauma kit program
• Ensuring local first responders and first receivers are trained and equipped to manage traumatic injuries
• Developing a means to assist survivors of traumatic injuries through the recovery process
There are no fees and no central authority governing the Bleed Safe community program. It is designed to be an open source of best practices, lessons learned, and shared ideas to prevent death from traumatic injury.
Several trauma kits have been placed in various community buildings throughout the Chino Valley, but more are needed.
The Fire District partnered with the Chino Valley Fire Foundation, the Chino Police Foundation, Chino Valley Medical Center, and the Chino Hills Police Department (San Bernardino County Sheriffs Chino Hills Substation) to show a unified commitment to making the Chino Valley a bleed safe community.
The Chino Valley Fire Foundation relies on donations to purchase trauma kits that can be placed inside existing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) boxes once recipients receive training on how to use the lifesaving equipment.
Bleed Safe Chino Valley (Public Access Trauma Kits)
The Chino Valley Fire District offers training on how to use items inside a trauma kit through the First Care Provider program and Active Shooter workshops conducted in partnership with the Chino Police Department.