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(en) UK, Scotland, Glasgow Anarchists organize 3 Day Action / StreetMedic training, January 2004.

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Date Sun, 21 Dec 2003 07:00:29 +0100 (CET)

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From: Doc <drdrdoc-A-yahoo.com> Mutual Aid is more than just a phrase we use.
This course provides training in basic first aid, chemical weapons
decontamination, emotional support, and street medic logistics. Course
materials are provided. You do not need any prior health care training or
experience to become a street medic. There will be lots of hands-on practice and role-plays.
StreetMedic training teaches people to provide medical support and emergency
care to people on the streets at rallies, mass demonstrations, marches, and
sites of civil disobedience or direct action. Those trained as street medics are
able to provide education in health and safety issues to activists and
provide aftercare to participants in mass demonstrations and other actions.

Learning how to provide medical assitance need not mean solely doing so at
demonstrations. Medical knowledge is a vital skill for self-sufficient
communities. Possessing medical knowledge allows an individual to play an active
part in community activities, and reclaim their body from the paternalistic
medical establishment. Medical knowledge is often used as a weapon, the
denial hereof allows individuals and institutions to control peoples and
populations; in South and Central American indigenous communities the
first action of the state has been
to assassinate native doctors and destroy the traditional knowledge base to
force the communities to submit to external authority.

This introduction provides essential first aid knowledge, as applied to actual
street experience at mass demonstrations and direct actions. This includes
treatment protocols for common and likely injuries such as:
* police/security guard altercations - eg. bruising, internal organ damage,
fractures, head and spinal injuries, handcuff aftercare, "rubber" bullets and
live ammunition.
* bleeding and haemoraging.
* environmental issues - eg. frostbite, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke.
* chemical weapons - eg. tear gas, pepper spray.
* emergency care for pre existing ailments - eg. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes.

NB. CPR training is not covered in this course but is highly recommended
as an essential complement to skills learnt here.

As the trainers will include Doc R., a very experienced street medic trainer,
this is a rare opportunity to learn valuable skills. Our ability to provide this
training is dependent on the interest we receive. We would also appreciate
contact from anyone who could help to coordinate. There will be a suggested
donation but nobody will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Please email your interest, comments or questions to fleabite@riseup.net



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