COVERT — Covert Township Fire Department plans to offer a basic course next week to teach people basic skills in bleeding control.

The Bleeding Control Basics class is scheduled from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at the fire department, 33805 M-140 Hwy.

“This is part of a nationwide push to educate the general public in how to easily stop life-threatening bleeding,” Covert Township Fire Chief Doug Myers said. “We are offering it free to the general public and first responders.”

Although the general public may feel intimidated by taking such a course, Myers said they can play a very valuable role during emergency situations.

“Many times, whether it’s a mass casualty or something like a farm-related injury, the first responders aren’t the first responders,” Myers said. “If someone has severed a major artery, they can bleed to death in under 2 minutes. That is shorter than many 911 calls, let alone the response time. With the simple life-saving measures taught in this class the average person, no matter the training, will be able to stop major bleeds to buy the victim the valuable time needed until EMS responders can get to them.”

Approximately 40 percent of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma-related incidents, according to the Stop the Bleeding Coalition.

The Coalition’s Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.