Basic Street Medic Training in Boston, August 10-12, 2012
“Street medics, or action medics, are volunteers with varying degrees of medical training who attend protests and demonstrations to provide medical care such as first aid. Unlike emergency medical technicians (EMTs), who work for state-sponsored institutions, street medics operate as civilians and are not protected from arrest.”
– From the Street Medic Wiki, http://medic.wikia.com/wiki/Street_medic
This 20-hour course is designed as a complete introduction to action medical knowledge and skills, including basic first aid, street operations and tactics, emotional first aid and aftercare, chemical weapons information and treatment, herbs for first aid, and action preparedness. The completion of this course will prepare you to serve as a street medic at political actions. Street medics are also a source of health care information and resources in their communities, and so the training is open to anyone who wishes to gain greater first aid knowledge to use in their lives and to share with others. While the focus will be on urban street protests, much of the information in this training is also applicable to wilderness/rural situations and community first aid needs. This is an intensive, full weekend course with one evening session and two long daytime sessions, providing ample opportunities for hands-on skills practice in realistic scenarios.
You do not need to have any previous medical or first aid training in order to attend this course. People with all levels of experience and training are welcome.
The tentative schedule for this training is as follows: Friday evening, August 10th from 6-10 pm; Saturday, August 11th from 9 am to 7 pm; and Sunday, August 12th from 9 am to 7 pm. We encourage people to attend the entire training, and we will give registration preference to people who can attend all of the training sessions. We will provide specific information about the training and various logistical details to registered participants before the training weekend.
Food and Housing
We hope to supply some vegan and vegetarian food for participants during the training. We also encourage participants to bring extra (preferably vegan) food to share if they can.
Housing during the training weekend is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you will need housing, please indicate that on the Registration Form. When you request housing for the training weekend, please tell us about any allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special needs you have so we can try to accommodate your requests and match you up with a compatible housing option.
We have a sliding scale fee from $0 to $100 for this training course, and we welcome barter in place of money. We do not want financial restrictions to keep anyone from taking this course. We anticipate that our cost per trainee will be between $35 and $50, and we hope that donations from participants will cover our costs. Payment is expected at the first session of this training–we accept cash (preferred) and personal checks. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements or want to apply for work exchange, please contact us as soon as possible with your request.
To register for the Basic Street Medic Training, click here or click the Register link in the Web site header, then fill out and submit the online Registration Form.
Enrollment is limited and we expect this course to fill up quickly, so the sooner you register, the more likely that you will be in the course. Remember that registration preference will be given to people who can attend all of the training sessions. We will have a waiting list if the course fills up, and will contact people on the list in the order we receive their registration information if spaces in the training become available.
Once we receive your Registration Form, we will reserve a space for you in the course and send you a confirmation message via e-mail. If your plans change and you need to drop out of the training, please let us know as soon as possible so we can let someone else have your spot. All information you give us on the Registration Form is confidential, and will not be used in any way that is not directly related to this training.
Thank you for your interest in this training. We hope to see you at the training in August!