SFCSD Explorers learn to "Stop the Bleed"

Empowering Youth: SFCSD Explorers Learn to Stop the Bleed

St. Francois County Paramedic Teaches Explorers How to Control Bleeding

Ariel Gray, a paramedic with the St. Francois County Ambulance District, joined Katie Harris, a nurse with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, as a guest instructor at an exciting event at the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department. The event was an Explorers meeting, where they taught the young SFCSD Explorers about bleeding control and other first aid skills.

The Explorers are part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring program. This program gives young people a chance to learn about different career paths. It’s popular with those interested in law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, and many other careers.

St. Francois County Ambulance District Trains Sheriff department explorers

What is the Exploring Program?

The Exploring program is all about hands-on experiences. It helps young people, usually aged 10-20, discover what they might want to do in the future. Through meetings, events, and real-life activities, they get to see what different jobs are like. This can be incredibly helpful when they start thinking about their careers.

Scouts of America Exploring

Teaching Life-Saving Skills

At the meeting, Ariel showed the Explorers how to handle situations where someone is bleeding. This is a vital skill for anyone, especially those thinking about careers in emergency services. The interactive and practical session allowed the Explorers to practice what they learned. Ariel’s experience and teaching made the session both educational and fun.

SFCSD Explorers Training

Importance of “Stop the Bleed” Training for SFCSD Explorers

Understanding how to control bleeding is crucial for those aspiring to careers in law enforcement or emergency services and everyday life. A course on “Stop the Bleed” equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to act quickly and effectively in emergencies, potentially saving lives.

Learning bleeding control is a foundational skill that will serve the SFCSD Explorers well in emergencies. Whether they become police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or pursue other careers, knowing how to stop bleeding can make a significant difference in critical moments. Moreover, this training instills confidence and a sense of responsibility, preparing them to be proactive and decisive when faced with injuries.

Ambulance Showcase: A Glimpse into EMS

In addition to the bleeding control training, the event featured an exciting ambulance showcase. The SFCSD Explorers had the unique opportunity to tour an ambulance, guided by the knowledgeable paramedics of the St. Francois County Ambulance District.

During the tour, the Explorers learned about the various equipment and tools used in emergency medical services (EMS). They saw firsthand how paramedics handle emergencies, from the initial response to transporting patients to the hospital. This immersive experience gave the Explorers a deeper appreciation for the EMS profession and a better understanding of paramedics’ vital role in the community.

The ambulance showcase provided valuable insights into the teamwork and coordination required in emergencies between the two agencies. The Explorers learned about the close working relationship that law enforcement and EMS have and how much they rely on each other to handle many emergencies.

Great Collaboration

This event highlighted the wonderful partnership between the St. Francois County Ambulance District and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department. Working together can provide these young Explorers with valuable skills and insights. This kind of collaboration benefits everyone involved and helps build a stronger community.

Benefits for the Sheriff’s Department

Having an Exploring program also benefits organizations like the Sheriff’s Department. It allows them to connect with the community, share knowledge, and maybe even inspire the next generation of law enforcement officers. The program helps build trust and understanding between the youth and the department, essential for a safer community.


The Explorers Meeting at the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department was fantastic. The young Explorers walked away with valuable knowledge and skills thanks to Katie Harris and Ariel Gray. Programs like these prepare our youth for the future and strengthen the bonds within our community.

The Exploring programs are truly a win-win for everyone involved. They offer young people a glimpse into potential careers while providing valuable skills they can use. We look forward to more events like this in the future, fostering learning, collaboration, and community spirit.