Street Medic First Aid
This ~20 hour course is designed to provide the participants with basic first aid skills, as well as specialized skills focused on protest situations. Skills covered range from getting consent, patient assessment, treatment for wounds, head/neck injuries, broken bones, illnesses/allergic reactions, chemical burns, "less than lethal" weapons injuries, and general preparedness for stressful/dangerous/unstable situations.
Street Medicine is not only for protesters: the course is designed to empower participants to take an active role in keeping themselves and their communities healthy and safe, while reducing their dependence on industrialized medical systems that are often inaccessible or hostile to many people. Historically, Street Medics have provided volunteer first aid in a variety of situations: from the anti-FTAA protests in Miami in 2003, to New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, to the occupation of the Capitol building in Madison, WI in the spring of 2011.
I am a currently certified EMT with a Wilderness First Aid certification, and soon will become a Wilderness EMT. I have been a street medic for about two years now. My first major involvement with street medicine was during the Madison protests this spring, where I was one of the founding members of the Madison Community Wellness Collective, a group of street medics and holistic health practitioners focusing on promoting long-term health and providing emergency first aid at mass gatherings.
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