Mountain Valley has been awarded a grant for $2,000 from Bozeman Health Community Benefit to help the Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council purchase Stop the Bleed kits and focus on injury and violence prevention.
The Stop the Bleed (STB) program is hands-on training for youth and adults that provides instruction and practice in the three quick actions for controlling serious bleeding.
Since bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death, this is an important aspect of first aid that can literally save someone’s life.
Betsy Eubanks, Vice-Chair Training and Communications and STB Instructor, obtained the grant and together with Matthew Bates, MVD Health and Safety Chairman, who has extensive medical expertise including an EMT License and STB instructor, are managing the grant and assembling a robust training kit able to support classes of 30 participants.
They are also hoping to increase the STB instructors in Montana Council and use the kit not just for Scout units, but also as a community service opportunity by offering STB training staffed by Scouts.
The STB program will premiere at the April Wilderness First Aid Training and may possibly also be at the International Scout Expo!