CHATHAM – Training local residents to respond to shark bite emergencies is the goal of a “Stop the Bleed” workshop that will be held at the Chatham Shark Center next Thursday, Oct. 18.
The training is free and open to the public. Additional Stop the Bleed training sessions will be held on Nov. and Nov. 8, also at the Shark Center. Each session will run from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be led by Orleans Fire and Rescue personnel.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which runs the Shark Center, is partnering with the Orleans Fire and Rescue Department and Natural Resources Department to provide the training, which comes after one man was injured and another killed by sharks in Cape waters this summer.
The training is aimed at local surfers as well as the wider community, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Conservancy. The Stop the Bleed program teaches basic techniques of bleeding control and was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup. It's being implemented now, the group said, as a proactive measure given the recent attacks.
“Most shark bite victims survive because of first aid initiated from bystanders,” said Orleans Natural Resources Manager Nate Sears. He urged members of the beach community to take advantage of the free training. “You could save a life,” he said.
To register for the training, visit www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/public-safety.