Street Medic Online Resources
Below is a list of mostly free online resources for those who have completed a basic Street Medic training. The list is NOT complete, and none of this training is required to go and help your community now. If you have suggestions for the list, please contact BASH through their Facebook page HERE
First Aid Courses - Free
Psychological First Aid from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
“PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors.” Course requires email registrations and offer certification upon completion. The org also ofers other courses such as Skills for Psychological Recovery for those who are recovering for traumatic events.
FirstAidWeb.com - Offers Free Basic CPR and First Aid Certification
“Our unique self-guiding CPR course and First Aid course are a cost-effective, time-saving alternative for those individuals who need to learn the fundamentals of Basic Life Support but whose schedules may not permit lengthy lectures and expensive instructors. Each of our step-by-step CPR and First Aid lessons are thoroughly explained with minimal technical jargon and include a helpful quick review section… All Basic Life Support (BLS) procedures demonstrated in this free course adhere to the most recent American Red Cross® and ILCOR® Guidelines (October 15, 2015) and are intended to provide the student with the cognitive skills needed to administer CPR and First Aid in case of an emergency.”
Heads Up to Youth Sports Concussion Training - This concussion training focuses on School sports but is useful to anyone who may come across a concussion injury. Covers what a concussion is, basic concussion first aid, recovery, and prevention. Email required, but registration is not as intensive as the CDC train website. The course also offers printable resources.
Deputy Heart Attack EHAC Training - Training course in how to recognize the early warning sign and first aid for a heart attack.
Suicide Prevention Training - by Zero Suicide Alliance. Introductory training for lay people on suicide prevention.
Active Listener Course - by 7 Cups of Tea. This course is designed to help people become active listeners with the goal of turning those course takers into volunteers in the 7cupsoftea online community. Learn more about active listening here. The website does require registration, but no actual commitment to the community itself.
FEMA Emergency Management Institute offers full courses on every part of their programs. Below are some suggested courses for Street Medics and those planning on helping in disaster zones. The website does require a FEMA SID (registration number) to track your coursework. If you are perusing a college degree, these course can be easily translated into credits by most colleges and universities. NOTE: These course are made for those who want to work withing the current governmental system, so some of the coursework maybe unrelated to you you hope to gain from it. It is important to understand the system from the inside, but that does not mean you have to support any of the framework FEMA or any governmental agency pushes.
Religious and Cultural Competency in Disaster - “Religious and cultural communities are key partners in building a culture of preparedness. Faith-based and community organizations also offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident. Collaborating with these vital community members will allow emergency managers to access a multitude of local resources and ensure members of the whole community can contribute to disaster resilience efforts.”
An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel - “Hospital emergency department personnel face many risks and difficult tasks when dealing with patients involved in hazardous materials incidents. Therefore, it is essential that all personnel who come in contact with patients have a general awareness of the issues and concerns when dealing with hazardous materials incidents. This course is designed to prepare hospital personnel to analyze hazardous materials situations, take the necessary steps to assure medical provider safety, and identify appropriate resources for decontamination and medical care.”
CDC Train - Offers a wide variety of courses including Naloxone training. Requires in depth registration, including phone number, email address, Job, etc. Further, many course link to outside organizations that ALSO require registration. Good starting point to find classes that my interest you, but it is time consuming to use.
Further reading Or Veiwing - Free
Street Medic Stories - Community built online “book” of street medic history and stories from around the globle. Editable by anyone who wishes to add their stories and insights.
Hesperian Health Guides - Huge Free (donation suggested) PDF library of health guides including Where There is No Doctor, Where There is No Dentist, Where Woman Have No Doctor, and Workers Guide To Health and Safety.
BLAM Squad Basic Street Medic Training - Huge list of resources all in PDF form as to make a street medic binder. Full street medic course on paper.
“This little phrase book was compiled with massive help from my nativespeaking family and research from many published Spanish-English dictionaries, grammar guides and medical Spanish books. It includes some basic phrases which one may find useful on the streets, but is still in its infancy and is no substitute for formal language study. “
15 Signed Phrases for Emergency Medical Questions in American Sign Language - YouTube Video From an ASL instructor
Opioid Overdose Prevention & Education Trainers Manual - This is the full training manual put out by TONI on Opioid education including how to administer Nalaxone.
Stroke Training Video - Free stroke training video by ProCpr (you can buy the whole course if you want a certificate). Learn how to identify and respond to a stroke.
“This wiki is a collaboratively edited information resource focused on medical issues, treatment protocols, ethical standards, and historical information of use to street medics.”
Chemical Weapons 101 - Document by Northstar health collective covering chemical weapons training.
“This infosheet begins with a list of suggestions prepared by someone (Rodney Vlais, email@example.com) with clinical psychology qualifications and experience in working with psychologically traumatic incidents ... but it is no definitive authority on what you should and shouldn't do. It ends with an abridged list of suggestions written by Starhawk.”
Street Medic Reference Guide By Paper Revolution - This Guide was last updated by the Paper Revolution collective in 2018 and serves as a reference guide for already train street medics.
printables for actions
In Case I need Help Form - Form by North Star Health Collective for people to keep on their person during action in case they are injured or incapacitated.
“We suggest that you keep this private information on your person at all times. (In your pants pocket or front of your bag.) It is only meant to be shared by you or your affinity person(s) in the event that you need help or assistance. All information on this form is OPTIONAL.”
SHIT! We’re gonna Get Arrested Handout - printable by BLAM a “what to do” handout detailing what to do during and after your arrest.
It’s Hot! It’s Humid! It’s Sunny! Information heat and sun related illnesses. - A Handout on heat and sun related illnesses, how to prevent them, and basic heat related first aid. By BLAM.
Stay Healthy So You Can Stay in the Streets - Zine style handout by BLAM
“Some suggestions from the Street Medics on what you can do before, during and after a demonstration to stay well and keep fighting!”
Street Medic’s Guide to Hypothermia - A handout on cold related illnesses, how to prevent them, and basic cold related first aid. By BLAM
Security - Free
UN Department of Safety and Security Online Courses - Security Course developed and run by the UN. Courses are required for UN employees both in the office or in the field. Many courses are available in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and English. Of course, this information needs to viewed within the framework of what street medic do. Some information offered will not be relevant to our current situations. Requires email registration. Not developed or run by the US government. Certificates offered at the end of each course.
BSAFE - This course is required of UN employees. It covers basic and advanced security in the field and at home for all UN employees. It is offered in English and French, and will be offered in all languages by June 2019.
Information Security Awareness Foundational - The first of 3 courses on IT security offered by the UN. Designed for UN employees it covers the basics of Information security.
Preparing for Active Shooter Situations at home and in the Field - Course designed for unarmed civilians in an active shooter situation. There are gunshot sounds in the audio for the course. “Active Shooter is a complex situation and this session will not cover every case; however, this session should provide you with information to build your awareness and respond based on options that have been proven to be most effective in preparing and responding to active shooter incidents.”
What is Security Culture? - A Chrimthinc article on basic security culture. Crimethic is not a highly valued resource bt the article has the solid basics of security down.
“The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.”
“The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.”
Courses With Fees
Although Free is best for many of us, there are many education resources that are hidden behind paywalls. If you know of free resources that are similar to the ones found below, please contact us so we may update our list.
QPR GateKeeper Training for Suicide Prevention - $29.95 - Online training
“KEY COMPONENTS COVERED IN TRAINING:
How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
The common causes of suicidal behavior
The warning signs of suicide
How to get help for someone in crisis”
NOLS Wilderness First Responder Course - $530 to $1,635 - In person training. NOLS offers a few different wilderness medicine courses from wilderness first aid to wilderness EMT training. This course is a bit more in depth than their First aid courses but does not require the month long commitment of their EMT course.
“Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.”