Austin-Travis County EMS 2023 Annual Report

Our community education efforts shifted in FY2023 to focus on the increased community demand for hands-on bleeding control and emergency preparedness training. STOP THE BLEED community education

The City of Austin Stop The Bleed Project was created in December 2022 after a mass shooting in a Colorado LGBTQIA+ nightclub. Stop The Bleed is a nationally recognized training program that provides hands-on practice of applying direct pressure, packing a wound, and using a tourniquet to stop bleeding. The project is a collaboration between Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Fire Department (AFD). Our ATCEMS Regional Training Center provides AHA (American Heart Association) certified courses for Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR and First Aid with an AED.

1,468 Students trained in cpr


When local community members expressed their fears of going into LGBTQIA+ identifying establishments, ATCEMS and AFD employees assembled a team to address their concerns, and what started as a hallway conversation became a thriving community education program. The program was designed to be deployable and scalable for any group or establishment in the city. We have taken this training into businesses all over the City of Austin so that they can train in the environment that they are most familiar with and comfortable in. Since its inception, we have taught just over 400 community members including City Council members and over 200 Entertainment District staff members. The program has supplied the community with 200 Stop The Bleed Kits provided by the Capital Area of Texas Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC) and built 12 at-cost hemorrhage control kits dispersed throughout the 4th Street District. Program instructors have plans to train 150 team members of the SXSW Event Staff and

an additional 50 stage managers and security guards in time for SXSW 2024. The program recently combined forces with the Austin Police Department to teach a condensed Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event class alongside Stop The Bleed. In addition, ATCEMS participates in Emergency Preparedness training throughout the City of Austin by attending monthly events hosted by the City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEM) and local Austin Public Library neighborhood branches. We are proud of this joint agency effort to train our city in hemorrhage control and Emergency Preparedness techniques to continue towards our goal of making this the most well equipped, safest city in the country. We strongly believe that through this type of community outreach and training, we can decrease the number of preventable deaths due to traumatic injuries and unforeseen emergencies in the City of Austin.

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