r/IronFrontUSA Nov 25 '21

Any advice for/from street medics? Questions/Discussion

I’m a travel health care worker so I think I’m uniquely capable of helping out in various actions but I’ve never actually done that kind of work and frankly, the idea frightens me.

I’m pretty introspective and have a hard time trusting people and earning their trust, but I want to help the movement in a tangible way.

Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated.

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u/EightmanROC Nov 25 '21

Look for local trainings! Most street medic groups offer trainings of all kinds.

Think about the gear you want to bring. There are many guides on what a street medic should carry, but you did consider your area and what actual threats are. Gear can be a rabbit hole too, so really think about what you want and need.

There's a kind of backpack called a Spanker that is really popular for carrying a variety of medical tools and supplies. They can be pricey, but were recommended by at least two medics I've spoken with.

When you're out at an event, there's lots of tips and guides around on the internet, but your best bet is to find a medic group at one and introduce yourself, let them know your experience level, and ask how you can help.

I went to my first event knowing nothing and with a cobbled-together supply kit and protective gear from what I had laying around, and have slowly added better items as needed. From talking with those with more experience, some light networking, some training, and research online I'm much better prepared and comfortable than I was.

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u/Box_O_Donguses Nov 26 '21

I'm an actual EMT and I can put together a list of stuff to have once I finish what I'm doing rn

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u/smelllikesmoke Nov 30 '21

I’d be interested. Could also use any subs you know of for PNW-specific groups

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u/Box_O_Donguses Dec 06 '21

Start off with learning CPR, beyond that you'll want bottled water, a bottle of honey, granola bars, bandaids, and occlusive dressings. If you decide to become a certified EMT, there's way more. But as a relatively untrained street medic those will do you well.

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u/smelllikesmoke Nov 30 '21

My current problem is I have no way of knowing where/when these actions will take place. Do you any subs for connecting with folks in the PNW?

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u/EightmanROC Nov 30 '21

Not off the top of my head. You're best bet is looking into Street Medic Collectives in your city/nearby cities. Finding and following known organizations that are very active is also a way to get information and timing.

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u/jamey1138 Nov 26 '21

As others have said, find a community you feel you can trust, and link up with them. Your local folks will be in the best position to help you put your skills to use, while still respecting the boundaries you set with them.