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County EMS Invites Public to Special Training in Celebration of National Emergency Medical Services Week

Post Date:05/17/2019


National Emergency Medical Services Week

CPR and Stop the Bleed Training


Durham County Emergency Medical Services


Sunday, May 19, 2019-Saturday, May 25, 2019




  • National Emergency Medical Services Week was established in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to recognize EMS professionals and the significant contributions they make to our communities.
  • EMS Week provides the opportunity to honor EMS professionals and promote awareness of the everyday duties to the public.
  • EMS provides services that goes beyond prehospital treatment and transports. Services include community paramedicine, car seat installation, Vials of Life, community outreach and special event coverage.
  • Information about Durham County Emergency Medical Services history and purpose can be found on the department’s webpage.
  • The theme for EMS Week 2019 is EMS Strong Beyond the Call.
  • Each day of the nationally-celebrated week, Durham County EMS will host various events to commemorate the service and dedication of EMS personnel. On Monday, May 20th, the public is invited to join DCo EMS for Bystander CPR and Stop the Bleed Training designed to teach simple life-saving techniques in a fun and engaging way. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the training. CPR is used to aid blood circulation throughout the body during a cardiac arrest. Stop the bleed training is designed to minimize life-threatening blood loss caused by traumatic events. 
  • The upcoming session is free and open to the public and will be held in Conference Room B of the DCo Human Services building located at 414 East Main Street in downtown Durham.
  • The training will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Rotating sessions throughout the day will begin with Bystander CPR Training (30 minutes) followed by Stop the Bleed Training (one  hour).
  • Participants in the Bystander CPR and Stop the Bleed Training must be at least 13 years of age to attend.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing to the training.
  • Onsite registration will be required to participate in the training.

Additional programs throughout the week are planned for Durham County employees only. Media representatives interested in connecting with DCo EMS first responders during public or private events scheduled during EMS Week should call (919) 560-8285 or email Public Information Officer Teshea Grant at



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