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Basic Street Medic Training

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National first aid systems in most of the world came out of the medical corps of popular and liberation movements in the 1950s and 1960s. In the United States, street medics served in social movements and trained people in Mississippi and New York City at least four years before Maryland established the first statewide emergency medical services program.

Street medics are an international informal community who have provided medical support during the last half-century of protests, direct actions, uprisings, and militarized disaster aftermaths. Becoming a member of the street medic community involves completing a 20-hour training, working at one or more actions as the buddy of an experienced street medic, and maintaining relationships in the street medic community.

About the training

This course is a complete introduction to action medical knowledge and skills. Completing this course prepares you to serve as a medic at political actions and as a source of health care information and resources in your community. No previous training in medicine or first aid is required, but even experienced trauma nurses and paramedics will learn a lot in this class!

Students are expected to attend all 20 hours of the training — partial attendance is not permitted. The training covers:

  1. Street medic field operations and prevention
  2. Emergency response
  3. Patient assessment and first aid
  4. Community health work
  5. Operating in unsafe scenes

Scenarios, skills stations, and critical thinking exercises are based on recent experience in urban and backcountry situations. (We are/are not offering CEUs for nurses/doctors/social workers/emergency medical workers, and here is the process to get CEUs.) All students get non-latex gloves and a 70pp street medic handbook, and may purchase a basic first aid kit.

About the trainer

Grace Keller is an internationally-recognized street medic trainer and a 13-year veteran of direct-action struggles for self-determination, racial justice, and social justice. She is a member of Katuah Medics in North Carolina and a past member of Chicago Action Medical. Learn more at http://agk.wikidot.com.

Schedule

The training starts each day promptly on time. The tentative schedule is:

  • Friday evening, (date) from 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, (date) from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday, (date) from 9 am to 6:30 pm.

Organizers will provide specific information about training logistics to all registered participants at least a week before the training weekend.

Food and Housing (and childcare)

We provide lunch and snacks for participants during the training. We encourage you to bring extra food to share.

Housing during the training weekend is available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you need housing, please let us know on the Registration Form. When you request housing for the training weekend, tell us about any allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special needs you have so we can try to match you with compatible housing.

(If there is demand, we will offer childcare during this training. Please let us know if you expect to bring your children to the training.)

Costs

The basic expenses to put on this training are between $40 and $60 per student. We hope to raise more than that, so we can pay the trainers. We depend on your donations to cover all costs. Please contribute as much as you are able. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds, nor will anyone making a large donation be given preference in registration.

(Because we have had problems with people signing up for trainings and then not showing up or contributing to the cost of the training, we ask students to pay a $10 deposit when they register to secure their spot in the training. You can pre-pay your entire training donation if you wish.)

(If you don't pre-pay the full amount you intend to donate, we will accept cash (preferred) and personal checks at the door Friday evening. If you are unable to use our online payment system due to lack of finances or lack of access to a credit or debit card, please contact us to make alternate arrangements.)

(Example online payment page: http://www.razoo.com/br/causes/20-Hour-Street-Medic-Training )

Registration (by online form)

Most trainings use online registration forms. Here are two examples — both are Google docs:

* July 2012 Nashville: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEg1V01vaGE4TDBNSldCcE5odm5xY2c6MQ
* June 2013 Colorado: http://feralfutures.blogspot.com/2013/05/street-medicine-training-registration.html or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RoJWy_lkl1gRLB0uJciMQnjTkUecwrAcPvaU9DbwL0k/viewform?pli=1&edit_requested=true

To register for the Basic Street Medic Training, (click here), then fill out and submit the online Registration Form.

Once we receive your information, we will reserve a space for you in the course and send you a confirmation e-mail. If your plans change and you need to drop out of the training, please tell us as soon as possible so we can let someone else have your spot. If you register after the course has filled, we will notify you that you are on a waiting list. Any information you give us is confidential, and will not be used in any way that is not directly related to this training.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students. We expect the spaces to be filled quickly. It is especially important to register promptly if you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay during the training. If you wait to register, you might miss your chance!

Thank you for your interest in this training. We hope to see you at the training in (month)!

Registration (by phone/email)

(We used to do registration by phone and email, using questions like those below.)

To register for the Basic Street Medic Training, write to us at (e-mail address) or call us at (phone number).

Once we receive your information, we will reserve a space for you in the course and send you a confirmation e-mail. If your plans change and you need to drop out of the training, please tell us as soon as possible so we can let someone else have your spot. If you register after the course has filled, we will notify you that you are on a waiting list. Any information you give us is confidential, and will not be used in any way that is not directly related to this training.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students. We expect the spaces to be filled quickly. It is especially important to register promptly if you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay during the training. If you wait to register, you might miss your chance!

Please provide the following information when registering for this training course…

  1. Your Name:
  2. Phone Number(s) where we can leave messages regarding the training:
  3. Email Address:
  4. Best way to contact you:
  5. Best times to contact you:
  6. Can you come to all of the sessions?
  7. If not, which sessions will you miss?
  8. What dietary restrictions do you have (if any)?
  9. What allergies do you have that we should know about for food and housing planning?
  10. Do you have any other special needs?
  11. Do you need housing during the training?
  12. If so, when? (Friday night/Saturday night/Sunday night/other)
  13. Do you have any other concerns or considerations we should know about?
  14. Optional: Where did you first hear about this training?

Thank you for your interest in this training. We hope to see you at the training in (month)!

Notes for organizers

Even if you use an online registration form, be sure to include an email address and/or phone number in your promotional materials in case people have questions or have trouble using the form.

Examples of online training promotional pages

Examples of posters

Unfortunately, what these posters mostly show is how badly street medics need more artists in our world.

  • People's Community Medics training: 800_j9-peoples-medics.jpg
  • People's Community medics party: n24-peoples-medics.jpg
  • NOLA Freeschool 2008: SMT.jpg
  • West Coast Port Shutdown: Street%2BMedic%2BTraining%2Bpdf.pdf
  • Chicago Action Medical 2012: telephone-pole.pdf
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