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Tucson non-profit pushes "Stop the Bleed" tourniquet-training courses.

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In a time of crisis, it can take several minutes for first responders to arrive on scene.

That’s where the non-profit, ICSAVE, and the nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign come into play.

ICSAVE stands for “Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events.”

ICSAVE is made up of a coalition of professional volunteers from the fields of public safety, education and mental health.

The group achieved non-profit status in November and ever since, has given over 20 free classes on various life-saving skills. “Stop the Bleed” happens to be one of many programs offered.

"We teach people how to take care of folks when you don't have those kits so with shirts, towels, whatever you can,” Whitney said.

As Tucson Fire Captain Andy Skaggs stressed, it’s about increasing survivability while assisting first responders.

"It progresses the treatment they already had so it allows us to get to the hospital a little bit faster,” Skaggs said.

But tending to the wounded during a crisis scenario like the one in Las Vegas on Sunday, isn’t always possible.

"Of course in this situation, everyone is running for their life and rightfully so that's what they need to do,” Skaggs said. “If you are safe and you are able to help, that’s going to provide that necessary time saving element to get that person the care that they need.”

With mass-casualty events becoming more common, ICSAVE strives to equip everyone with the skills required to become ordinary heroes.

"That's our goal, to train every man, woman and child in our community to basically be an immediate responder so that we can take care of our own, we can save more people,” Whitney said.

Learn more about ICSAVE and Stop the Bleed.  

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