PROPOSAL [Decided] Handing out a phonenumber to contact First Aid directly.
Our external First Aid company made the offer to give us a phone number that will be reachable 24/7, to be handed out to all participants and to be used to contact them directly in case of an emergency.
It brings the benefit that participants can call First Aid directly (avoiding to involve outside authorities) without having to look for someone with a radio (i.e Rangers) or runnning across the whole site.
Please note that time is really important when it comes to real emergencies (i.e. Heart attacks, unconsiosness). Minutes can decide in between life, death and long term effects.
Proposer @Purzel he/him First Aid Lead
After reveiving enough feedback I´m deciding to go with #3.
I will hand out the number towards the Kieze through our Kiezelead and suggest that Kieze will diplay or store the number at a central location in the Kiez.
The Advice Process
Information gathered before posting
I brought up this offer in the last Korg meeting and received mixed feeback and various counter ideas.
People most affected
Site Lead Lead @CJ Yetman
Ranger Lead @Jessie @Cris
Gate Lead @Mareike
Newsletter @Nora Flora
Facebook communicorn ?
Kieze Lead @Erin Jeavons-Fellows
The Board @Bee @Alejandro Pereda @Veroca R. Sala @Mareike @Jan-Christian Kaspareit @Alex @Cris
Safety Protocol Realizer @Franzi
Our current ways of reporting an emergency is by finding someone with a radio or running to the First Aid Tent. The First Aid Tent will be located close to the Gate, an incident close to the former pirate kiez creates quite a long way and therefore longer time before sufficient help is provided.
A burner in panic is likely to just call 112 (the official emergency number) which creates a mess in many ways:
the Gate won't expect an arriving ambulance
the ambulance crew won't know where to go exactly
we end up having authorities on site
local paramedics are not likely to be experienced with any substance induced emergencies other than alcohol. (our own First Aid and Welfare is) Most locals don't speak any english.
Site lead/rangers/wellfare won´t be aware that something is happening and can´t initiate our own protocols
The Proposal Ideas so far + objections
Spread the number accross the whole event and all participants (via newsletter, Facebook and at the gate). Whoever wants to, can save the number in their phone.
Our principle is immediacy. Promoting the number could "enforce" that participants carry their cell phones around at all times, which could also lead to possible consent violations by taking pictures or videos.
Spread around burner phones (i.e. attached to poles) that have this number on speed dial.
We would need to get the phones + SIM cards and keep them charged and functioning as well as weather protected.
Hand out the number only to the Kieze Leads and promote the idea that emergencies happening within a Kiez can be reported via phone while emergencies outside a Kiez get reported over our former ways (i.e. radio or by foot).
Do not hand out the number and use our old ways of reporting.
It might take to long to report an emergency, which could lead to additional harm or death of a participant.
How would the proposal be implemented
Depends on the outcome.
Who would implement this proposal
I will drive this forward.
When would this proposal be implemented
I´d like to reach a decision until the 20.07.2021.
What would be the cost (time, money, effort, etc.) of this proposal
The company offers this without any additional cost, whether we need to buy phones or invest effort in promoting the number depends on the outcome.