A new, free, program teaches everyday people how to save lives during emergencies.

The "Stop The Bleed" program has arrived in El Paso. Dr. Stephen Flaherty told the El Paso Times it's:

"focused on teaching people how to apply direct pressure, how and when to use a tourniquet, and how and when to pack a wound to stop bleeding." "We want people to know that pulsatile, spurting bleeding from the extremity can be stopped with direct pressure or a tourniquet."

A person can die from blood loss, or "bleed out" in as little as 10 minutes. Depending on the circumstances, medical help may take much longer than that to arrive. Properly trained bystanders at the scene of an accident, or other significant injury, can stop the bleeding until help arrives and save lives.

It doesn't take years of medical training to learn these techniques, only a couple of hours and, the course is FREE. For more info, call the Border Regional Advisory Council at (915) 838-3200 or, visit stopthebleedingcoalition.org.