Members of local Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club chapters took part in a critical lifesaving skills training seminar over the weekend.

Chapters in Grant, Faulkner, Pulaski and White counties participated in the training offered by the Arch Street Fire Department out of Little Rock.

Bill Rayner, president of the Seventh Sons chapter out of White County, said Saturday's training focused on emergency first aid for trauma victims, which included CPR procedures for both adults and children.

Knowing this training could greatly affect someone's life if they are suffering from critical injuries and paramedics have not yet arrived on scene, Punishers LEMC National Sgt. at Arms and Guy Police Chief Christopher Humphrey said.

Saturday's training allowed participates the opportunity to be re-certified in CPR for another two years. This training, Humphrey said, allows passers-by and even possible passengers involved in a crash to know what to do in the moments where life-saving skills are most critical.

"Bystanders are usually the only help until emergency personnel can arrive and you never know when you might be the difference between someone living or dying," he said. "No matter how much training you may have had in the past ... no matter how much experience you might have, it never hurts to get a refresher."

Among topics covered, attendees learned about wound care during Saturday's training. During this portion of the training course, attendees learned how to stop the bleeding "as it relates to a motorcycle accident," Humphrey said.

National statistics show that 75 to 90 percent of trauma-related deaths occur before a victim reaches a medical treatment facility, Rayner said in a news release Monday, noting immediate first aid is often critical given the typical high-impact injuries sustained by motorcyclists.

"Members of the Punishers LEMC are no strangers to emergencies," Rayner said. "Their ranks include former and current police, military, firefighters, EMS and like-minded individuals ... and they understand the importance of this training."

With the training and supplies offered to attendees and their chapters over the weekend, Humphrey said Punishers LEMC members "will be able to more efficiently render aid if we come across a crash or are [personally] involved in an accident."

Central Arkansas Punishers LEMC Treasurer Rusty Hunnicutt said these training sessions are beneficial to both attendees as well as other motorists.

"They keep us up to date on new techniques and serve as refreshers for previous training sessions so that we are prepared if an emergency situation arises," he said Monday.