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(en) US, Albany, New York, announcement: Basic Street Medic Training, May 14-16, 2004

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Date Sat, 14 Feb 2004 22:26:40 +0100 (CET)

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This course is designed as a complete introduction to action medical knowledge
and skills. The completion of this course will prepare you to serve as a street
medic at political actions. Street medics also serve as a source of health care
information and resources within their communities, and so the training is open to
anyone who wishes to gain greater first aid/medical knowledge to use in their lives
and to share in their community. We cover Basic Street First Aid (from treating
bleeding wounds to splinting sprains and breaks to calling 911 for emergencies),
Weather-Related Injuries, Street Operations Tactics, Initial Patient Assessment,
Psychological First Aid, Chemical Weapons Treatments and Aftercare, and Stress Management
and Treatment. We can also provide Skills Evaluations for folks who want them.

You do not need to have any previous medical or first aid training
in order to attend this course.

What Information Will Be Covered in the Training?
Practical information on taking care of yourself and your friends if
you plan to attend protest events. While the focus will be on urban
street protests, much of the material may also be applicable to
wilderness situations and first aid needs in your community. This
includes preparing for actions, personal care, affinity group safety
considerations, weather-related hazards, detox and aftercare, and
your questions.

Street Operations Tactics, including a presentation and discussion
of codes of conduct and ethics, team makeup and teamwork,
calling for backup, and dealing with police/EMS, how/when to
move patients and how to conduct triage.

Basic Street First Aid, including Initial Patient Assessment,
treating bleeding wounds, splinting sprains and breaks, calling 911
for emergencies, and weather-related injuries.

Psychological First Aid. How to recognize and assist people with
emotional distress whether it results from physical injury,
excessive stress, or traumatic experience.

Chemical Weapons Treatments and Aftercare. Covers a review of
current chemical agents in use, a discussion of personal protection
gear (gas masks, respirators, etc), and a complete introduction to
tear gas and pepper spray decontamination and treatment
protocols with demonstrations, hands-on practice and role-plays.

The tentative schedule for this training is as follows: Friday
evening, May 14 from 6-10 pm; Saturday, May 15 from 9 am to 7
pm; and Sunday, May 16 from 9 am to 7 pm. We encourage people
to attend all of the 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 logistics
to registered participants before the training weekend.

Food and Housing
We hope to supply some vegan 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
contact me (dylan) as soon as possible. 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.

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 $30 and $40,
and we hope that donations from participants will cover our costs.

A Message From Our Trainer
Hi there. My name is E., and I am thrilled to be one of the
trainers for the May street medic training in Albany, New York. I
am writing this so you know a bit about me and what to expect
from the training. I am an anarchist, vegan, happy and
pissed-off-at-the-state-of-the-world kind of person. I am also a
street medic, wilderness first responder, budding herbalist, and
family physician working with poor people in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
I do street medic work because I want all people to feel confident and
cared for during demonstrations, and I hope to help people have more autonomy
and power in their efforts to be healthy. In addition to the information we'll
present, the Albany training will include lots of interactive work,
discussion and opportunities to develop specific, concrete skills
that we all use on the streets and in our communities. We are also
designing the training so it represents our philosophy as
activists—respecting and valuing everyone's knowledge and
experiences, promoting and creating an anti-authoritarian and
anti-oppressive movement, and having lots of fun while we learn
and share together. If you have any questions about the training,
you can contact the other organizers or email me at
dreowyn-A-yahoo.com. See you soon!


Registration Information
Space for this course is limited, so please provide us with the
information asked for below as soon as possible. Once we receive
this information, we will reserve a space for you in the course. If
your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible so we
can let someone else have your spot. All information you give us is
confidential, and will not be used in anyway that is not directly
related to this training.

To register for the Basic Street Medic Training, write to the dylan
at dylan@sunstillrising.com or call at (518) 436-0929 and give us the
information requested below. We expect this course to fill up
quickly, so the sooner you register, the more likely that you will be
in the course. Keep in mind 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. It is particularly important
to contact me promptly if you are coming from
out of town and will need a place to stay during the training.

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

Your Name:

Phone Number(s) where we can leave messages regarding the

Email Address:

Best way to contact you:

Best times to contact you:

Can you come to all of the sessions?

If not, which sessions will you miss?

What dietary restrictions do you have (if any)?

What allergies do you have that we should know about for food and
housing planning?

Do you have any other special needs?

Do you need housing during the training?

If so, when?

Friday night
Saturday night
Sunday night

Do you have any other concerns or considerations we should know

Optional: Where did you first hear about this training?

Thanks for your interest in this training course. We hope to see
you there!
please forward widely...

if anyone wants to help set this event up, i.e. help train, provide
housing, find and prepare food, please let me know


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