Fire Rescue Continues to Offer Free Life Saving Classes

Bartow, Fla. (April 8, 2019) — Polk County Fire Rescue will continue offering multiple free safety classes for the public at its training headquarters in Bartow during the second quarter of 2019.

The trio of public safety awareness classes begins on April 23 with the Stop the Bleed training class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A class on the proper use and application of fire extinguishers will be held on May 7 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Finally, PCFR will wrap-up the quarter with a Check, Call, and Compress (Hands Only CPR) class on June 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All classes are free and will be held at the Polk County Fire Rescue’s training headquarters, at 2470 Clower Lane in Bartow, FL.

RSVP with Polk County Fire Rescues Public Education department, which is required for all classes due to the limitations of class sizes. To register for the Stop the Bleed or Check, Call, and Compress classes please email at To register for the fire extinguisher class please email at When registering, please include your name and choice of class along with the date. 

Stop the Bleed is a class to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control. In a world with the ever increasing dangers of terrorism, active shooters, explosive events and natural disasters the general public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets.  The quicker a victim can begin to receiving treatment, the better their outcome becomes. Anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.

The fire extinguisher training class is hands-on training with the BullEx Intelligent Training System (I.T.S.). Using a controlled, propane-based fire to recreate an incipient stage fire, the I.T.S. is designed to teach the P.A.S.S. (pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep) method in the cleanest, safest way possible.

Rounding out the offered classes, the Check, Call and Compress class, which is recommended by the American Heart Association, offers a class in hands only chest compression CPR and AED training designed to save lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest. This class will include a lecture with PowerPoint presentation, video and hands exercises. 
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