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Become Empowered: Learn How to Stop The Bleed

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office was established in December 2017 by consolidating primarily the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, a majority of the Office of Health Affairs, as well as other DHS elements.

For current information related to CWMD, please visit the following:

Stop the Bleed Logo The Stop the Bleed Campaign supports accessible, no cost training to all who want it.

Learning how to care for an injured family member, friend, or even a stranger isn’t hard. Many basic first aid courses are available that emphasize current bleeding control techniques such as use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings.*

I Want to Take a Course

If you would like to take a course to prepare yourself to assist injured people following a traumatic event, contact your local public health department, hospitals and clinics, emergency medical services, or fire and police departments to see if they offer any training.

You can also look for local classes on the Bleeding Control and Medical Reserve Corps websites.

*DHS does not endorse commercial products or entities.

I want to Teach/Host a Course in my Organization/Community

If you would like to teach or host a training program in support of the Stop the Bleed Campaign, the following steps are recommended:

  1. Pick a training curriculum and affiliate with that organization, such as:
  2. The American College of Surgeons Bleeding Control Basics course (often called B-Con)
  3. The First Care Provider organizations suite of courses [https://firstcareprovider.org/ | Link no longer valid]
  4. The You Are the Help Until Help Arrives suite of courses (a joint program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FEMA, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences):
  5. Identify available instructors (or become trained)
  6. Advertise to staff, colleagues, friends, family, and the public
  7. Start training!

*DHS does not endorse commercial products or entities.

Last Updated: 02/29/2024
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