Hosting a 20 hour street medic training

Street medic trainings are usually hosted by cash-strapped community groups in the midst of social conflict. Because of that reality, it is common practice for medic trainers to sleep on floors, provide extra logistical support to training hosts, and teach at-cost. This planner on how to organize a 20-hour street medic training in your area is based on a guide published by Atlanta Resistance Medics in 2012 after they hosted a street medic training with very limited resources.

What does a host team do?

Finding a space, advertising the workshop, taking pre-registration, and finalizing logistics all take work, but what your community will learn is worth it. Give yourself at least a month to organize training logistics. I usually need some lead time to work it into my schedule or find you a local trainer.

Start by finding out what interest there is locally or regionally for a medic training. Read the planning questionnaire. Email me your answers, and we'll go from there. Please make sure I have two specific people to contact, so it will be easy to talk about what's been done and what needs to be done.

How much does it cost?

I try to ensure that any group willing to do the logistical footwork to host a training (and cover basic expenses) will get a training. Basic expenses include travel and in-town transportation, photocopy printing, training supplies, and food for students. I need housing and food while in your town (space for a sleeping bag on the floor is fine; I have no dietary restrictions). I like to bring a co-trainer, who will have travel expenses and in-town transportation, housing, and food needs.

Other than this 20-hour street medic course, the only other rigorous short course on first aid in the US is the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid training. It is offered by NOLS, SOLO, and Wilderness Medical Associates at a cost of about $7,000 ($200-$350 per each of 20 students).

If you don't pay your trainers, you can easily put on a street medic training for $700, or (if you have 20 students) $35 per student. If 20 students pay an average of $85 each, or you throw a fundraiser before the training, you'll be able to pay me and my co-trainer $500 each. That will allow us to take a little more time off work to mentor medics in field settings, improve trainings and training materials, and teach groups who cannot cover our basic expenses.

Planning documents for host team

  1. Start by answering the Planning questionnaire (for host team). Look at the Planning timeline.
  2. When you start doing outreach, use the handy Promotional materials (template) — customize it with the dates, location, sponsoring organization, and contact information for your training, then e-mail the info, put it on fliers, or post it on the Web.
  3. One month to three weeks out, use the Supplies list to make sure you have what you need.
  4. When you close registration, you can use this Medic training welcome packet (template) as a basis for what you send out to all registered students. Be sure to tell waitlisted students that they are on the waitlist!
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