When Cole County EMS staff are out with an ambulance, they are usually responding to an emergency.
On Thursday, county EMTs and paramedics were on a mission to educate.
Thursday was National Stop The Bleed Day, part of a national program by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to educate Americans about life-saving techniques.
Cole County EMS used the day as an opportunity to teach residents not only how to stop bleeding, but how to perform hands-only CPR as well.
CPR and stopping a bleed go hand-in-hand, paramedic Zac Holmes said.
He said CPR, which is meant to circulate blood in the body and potentially restart a victim’s stopped heart, is one of the most important things residents can learn.