NEA to receive grant for life-saving medical First Responder training
JONESBORO, Ark. – The Stop the Bleeding Foundation (STBF) is proud to announce that they are the recipient of a $149,334 grant from the Blue and You Foundation. This grant money will be used in the Northeast Arkansas Trauma Zone to train 600 Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters in life-saving medical techniques. Each student will attend an intense eight-hour Law Enforcement and First Responder Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (LEFR-TECC) at no cost to their department. Upon successful completion of the course, each student will also receive a free Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) to carry on and off duty.
“Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue Officers are often the first on the scene of an emergency,” said Spencer Guinn MD, President and co-founder of the STBF. “Our trauma zone is very rural and medically underserved. This grant will allow for 600 more trained officers to assist in an emergency until professional EMS arrives. There is no doubt that lives will be saved in Northeast Arkansas as a result of this.” The Northeast Arkansas Trauma Zone extends from Randolph and Clay County on the Missouri border and south to Phillips County. It includes the majority of the Arkansas Delta region.
The Stop the Bleeding Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The primary goal of the STBF is to train Law Enforcement, Fire/ Rescue, EMS, and First Responders and to provide them with life-saving medical equipment for free. The STBF also teaches classes to civilian groups such as churches, civic groups, businesses, schools, and municipalities. The STBF has trained over 2000 people in the last two years
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation awards grants annually to non-profit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. “Our grants this year went to programs across the state that address such issues as nutrition and exercise, food insecurity, emergency medical services and medical professional education,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation. In its 16 years of operation, the Blue & You Foundation has awarded more than $30 million to 1,319 health improvement programs in Arkansas.