Disaster First Aid: Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this the same kind of First Aid they have in CERT Training?

Who can teach this? Do I need medical or emergency training?

How Can I become a Disaster First Aid instructor?

How do I get certified to teach Disaster First Aid?

What kind of equipment do I need to teach this course?

When I buy your program, what do I get?

How can I get people to take my classes?

What's the difference between Standard first aid and Disaster First Aid? Do I need both?

What kind of discounts can I get?

I took CERT in my city, they didn't have any first aid.
Their advertising said they would have Disaster First Aid.

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Is this the same kind of First Aid they have in CERT Training?

Yes and No. DFA is a separate and unique entity that is different from either Standard First Aid or CERT's Medical Operations Module. Some CERT programs use our Disaster First Aid© course either to replace the Medical Ops segment in CERT, or as a special course after you have completed all of the other CERT subjects. DFA is not standard information in CERT programs. But any CERT program can subscribe to this DFA course and Training System, and many do. If your city to doesn't use DFA you can ask for it. (DFA is designed to help citizens directly, CERT is designed primarily to aid Fire Departments, notindividual self-help.) Disaster First Aid, a copyrighted entity, is available to, but NOT an inherent part of, any CERT, NERT, DART, CORE, etc. program.

Who can teach this? Do I need to have medical or emergency training?

No. Anyone who can fully learn Disaster First Aid, probably can teach it. Teaching experience is very helpful but not required. The Powerpoint is quite complete and guides you through everything. You should have someone, if not yourself, who knows the basics of bandaging and splinting. Most Boy Scouts know this, as well as EMT's, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, camp counselors, lifeguards, and coaches.

Knowledge of professional or advanced techniques is not required and may in fact be confusing to your students. One of the central concepts of this Disaster First Aid course is learning to improvise skills and materials to adapt to disaster situations, where people probably will not have professional supplies.
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How Can I become a Disaster First Aid instructor?

When you buy the Instructor Kit, you are subscribing to the Disaster First Aid© Training System. You are entitled to use the PowerPoint and other teaching materials to teach classes. You can choose to teach DFA either as a non-profit community service, as a for-profit Small Business or Training Center, as a middle school, high school, or adult education class, or as part of an Employee Safety program. (Back to top)

How do I get certified to teach Disaster First Aid?

There is no certification for this course. Disaster First Aid is now spreading across the U.S. and internationally, so there is no way our local organization can test or monitor all instructors. You are on the honor system to teach the course responsibly, ethically, and with reasonable accuracy to the best of your ability.

DFA has a commonsense approach. The most important teaching and learning factor is to know and understand these simple formulas. In a real disaster, the details will vary, but if you have communicated the essence of the DFA information and skills, your students will be well able to adapt them to changing situations. 
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What kind of equipment & materials do I need to teach this course?

You will need the instructor Kit of Teaching Materials, a computer or laptop for the CD, a projector (or rent one) and a light-colored wall or whiteboard to project the slides onto. Alternately, you can use a VGA adapter plug for laptops to show the slides on a TV screen.

You should have some standard
first aid supplies like gauze, roll bandages, and tape, but most of your materials should be improvised to show your trainees how they can manage without professional first aid supplies. (See Realistic First Aid Kit). You should gather a variety of odds & ends and found-materials for your skills practice bandaging and splinting. (There are lots of suggestions in the Instructor Guide section of the Instructor Kit.) (Back to top

When I buy this program, what do I get?

You get a complete comprehensive copyrighted Training System that is designed for disaster from the ground up - not just another ordinary first aid course with a disaster "spin." Everyone who purchases the Instructor Kit is considered a Subscriber. Those who teach DFA classes to the general public are considered Members and eligible for additional benefits, but every Sunsriber gets:

The instructor kit with 80-slide PowerPoint presentation, text/handbook, Instructor Guide, detailed Teaching Outline keyed to the slides and textbook pages, all the forms you need including liability release, supply checklist, task checklist, class handouts, test & answer key, and more.

Permission to teach Disaster First Aid© either as a community service or as a business, and set your own schedule and rates.

A free listing and link on our web site "Where To Take a Class" page, with your contact details. Members receive a free Profile on this website with information about their DFA classes and other emergency-related courses or services they offer, such as CPR.

Email support provided by real human beings. We usually respond within 24 to 48 hours.

5. Good feelings about saving some lives out there, that you probably will never meet. (Back to top)

How do I get people to take my classes?

Talk to your local schools, businesses, community centers, hotels and resorts, gated communities, cruise lines. Consider offering to "suitcase" your services - That is: to teach at people's homes, churches, and offices. (DFA is very portable!) be resourceful. You might offer them options for monthly or annual refresher-classes with discounted contracts. Put up a Web page or blog on the Internet and link to the main DFA site. Put ads in "shopper" newspapers, or go as big as your ambition desires. Use your imagination. Think outside the box. For more ideas, read the book "Guerrilla Marketing" or "Guerrilla Marketing for the Home-Based Business" by Jay Levinson & Seth Godin. (at bookstores and your local library.) (Back to top)

What's the difference between DFA and Standard first aid? Do I need both?

There are major differences in both content and function, but the short answer is:
Basic or Standard first aid isDisaster First Aid is what to do for a few minutes before you go to the hospital ER or call 911.
what to do in a major emergency incident like earthquake or other mass-casualty event when hospitals and 911 services are overwhelmed and cannot reach everyone for an unkown period of time. (The wait for help/rescue is expected to be from 24 hours to 3 days.)

Traditional or "standard first aid" has useful techniques and information, but it is not regulated by any medical authority and has not been updated in decades. Also there are some versions of it in circulation that actually have incorrect recommendations that could cause worse harm to an injured person. If you have already taken basic or standard first aid, some of that material, such as basic bandaging and splinting, can be used along with the Disaster First Aid system. For a detailed comparison of the differences, see "
Why Isn't Standard First Aid Enough?" on this website or: "Standard first aid versus Disaster First Aid" (Clickto go there) (Back to top)

When I took CERT in my city...
Their advertising said they would have Disaster First Aid but they didn't. Why not?

There is a public curriculum for all CERT-type programs (available on the internet) Most local CERT programs use some parts of it and not others, to fit their own plan. Although many CERT programs do use our Disaster First Aid course, we are not formally affiliated with CERT in any way. Municipal and O.E.S. CERT programs have a tendency to skimp on first aid, thinking you can take a some sort of first aid course on your own. The CERT curiculum includes a "Medical Operations" module instead, which is set up to assist EMS and Fire Departments, rather than the citizen level. The Medical Operations module mentions START disaster Triage, but does not teach you how to do it, (as Disaster First Aid does in a simple form.) Most other first aid courses, such as Red Cross Standard First Aid, are not intended for disasters, they have no multi-casualty Triage, and no critical first-24-hour Action Outline. (Back to top)

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