Program aims to ‘Stop the Bleed’ 
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Program aims to ‘Stop the Bleed’ 

Gerard “Jerry” Dargan
Gerard “Jerry” Dargan

The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey will offer “Stop the Bleed,” a free training session on basic emergency response, on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m., at JFNNJ Paramus headquarters.

“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A bystander can save a life by learning how to stop bleeding in a crisis.

With anti-Semitism on the rise and incidents of hate and bias increasing, safety and security has become a top priority for individuals, organizations, and synagogues. The  Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has made security and security training a top priority and recently hired Gerard Dargan as its director of Jewish community security. Mr. Dargan works with law enforcement, synagogues, and other organizations to help with security operations and programs, including emergency and disaster response plans.

 “Federation’s relationship with the Bergen County prosecutor’s office and law enforcement officials is very strong,” Mr. Dargan said. “We have a true partnership.  The Stop the Bleed program will provide average citizens with the necessary skills to help before the help arrives. Obviously, we hope no one ever has to use the skills they learn at this training, but being prepared in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death.”

Debbie Gottlieb, JFNNJ’s manager of community purchasing, added, “Training on how to respond during a crisis is one of the most effective tools to mitigate an incident. At federation, we will be offering training programs to the community throughout the year to help ensure the safety and security of our community.”

Participants in the “Stop the Bleed” program must be over 16.  For more information, go to JFNNJ.org/StopTheBleed, email GerardD@JFNNJ.org or call (201) 820-3978.

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