Before Attending Events

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Things to do as an event first aider
Things to do when planning a first aid event

Things to do as an event First Responder
Must Knows:

  • Indications, administration, and contraindications for Nitroglycerin, Ventolin, Epinephrine Autoinjector (EpiPen), Glucogel, and ASA (Aspirin)
  • How to splint and sling for various injuries

Before arriving at the Event

  • Contact event organizer via email or telephone to schedule arrival/departure times and location
  • Provide contact information (ie. cellphone number) in case of plan changes
  • Confirm schedule

What to Wear:

  • First Responder shirt &/or safety vest (consider shirt or sweatshirt underneath for cold weather)
  • Clean pants or shorts [avoid skirts]
  • Closed-toed shoes [i.e. sneakers, boots]
  • Jacket if necessary

What NOT to Wear:

  • Flip-flops
  • Dirty, torn, or stained clothing
  • Skirts

At the Event

  • Inform First Responder Coordinator/Supervisor of arrival
  • **Check First Responder jumpkit, 4-box kit, and fanny pack equipment [ensure items are present and easily accessible] *especially bandaids & life-saving equipment*
  • **Check oxygen system and masks (ie. turn on the tank)

At the End of your Shift

  • Inform First Responder Coordinator/Supervisor of departure
  • Ensure equipment is returned and area is clean

Things to do when planning First Responder event coverage
Prior to the event

  • Establish event times, location/s, the number of First Responders needed
  • Create event shift schedule with shifts starting 15 – 30 minutes prior to event start time [i.e. First Responders sign up for 4-hour shifts if an 8-hour event]
  • Contact First Responders through email or telephone
  • Create a contact sheet with each First Responders’ arrival and departure time, as well as contact number [cell phones preferred]
  • Confirm scheduled shifts with each First Responder
  • Create equipment list
  • Arrange to pick up equipment [see example equipment list below] well in advance of the event with Jeff [jwatts@shaw.ca / 604-729-9188]

At the event

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before start of the event
  • Inform event organizer that the First Responders are present and available
  • Establish contact method for injuries/illnesses at/around the event [i.e. will they radio the First Responders? Phone? Throw rocks?]
  • Set up any equipment necessary including tents, tables, etc.
  • Check equipment in First Responder kits, jumpkits, first aid boxes, and oxygen systems
  • Organize equipment for easy access [i.e. create minor wounds station at one end of the table, etc.]
    After the event
  • Inform event organizer that the First Responders are leaving the site
  • Collect any borrowed equipment including radios, etc.
  • Clean up equipment
  • Ensure everything is accounted for
  • Take note of any equipment needing replacing or replenishing
  • Clean up event site [i.e. take down tents, clean up any garbage, etc.]
  • Thank First Responders for their help
  • Arrange equipment drop-off with Jeff

Sample Equipment Lists(For Large Events)

  • Radios / Radio chargers
  • First Responder Forms & First Aid Record Books
  • Pens
  • EZ-up tent
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • First aid cot
  • Kitchen bags
  • First aid 4-box kits
  • First Responder jumpkit
  • 2 – 6 Fanny packs
  • Gloves: small, medium, large, x-large [non-latex preferred]
  • Blankets
  • Emesis basin
  • Oxygen system [at least ½ full]
  • Oxygen masks
  • Safety vests
  • Equipment list for fanny packs, jumpkit, and 4-box kit

Sample Equipment Lists(For Smaller Events)

  • Radios
  • First Responder Forms & First Aid Record Book
  • Pens
  • First Responder jumpkit with blanket
  • Oxygen system [at least ½ full]
  • Oxygen masks
  • 1 – 3 Fanny packs
  • Gloves: small, medium, large, x-large [non-latex preferred]
  • Safety vests