How is it possible for fun to suddenly become not fun? How, when we're surrounded by people who only want to help, do we on occasion somehow find ourselves hurt, instead? If a Good Time suddenly becomes a Bad Time, can we say it was ever truly “good” in the first place?
If any department cares about those questions, that department is definitely not First Aid. First Aid is a doers department. If you want a department full of nerds with their heads in the clouds, take it somewhere else, like DPW or Rangers. But not First Aid, muchacha. First Aid's all about action.
Listen, I don't have to tell you what First Aid is all about! You get it. Sometimes people get banged up, or sick, or dehydrated, and it's too much for Radical Self-Reliance or Civic Responsibility to handle. That's where First Aid comes in. And if you're feeling that vibe, maybe (just maybe) that's also where you come in.
First Aid volunteers consult with the shift lead on duty, helping the department to apply medical resources appropriately to burners who need them, as they need them. Having well-developed common sense is a highly desired trait in volunteers who are considering this role. Being able to help others de-escalate anxiety, fear, and other powerful emotions which tend to activate in response to injury or trauma, is a useful skillset for this role as well.
One volunteer on every shift must have a current CPR certification. Training in CPR and First Aid for both volunteers is preferred, but they are not required in order to volunteer with this department. First Aid is equipped to handle minor injuries and can also provide more advanced care when necessary.
First Aid volunteers are not be responsible for providing direct medical care. First Aid HQ is stocked with supplies appropriate to treat minor injuries, and volunteers with the department are expected to distribute supplies as appropriate.