The An Tir Handbook, 3rd Edition, May XXXIII/1998
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Being A Chirurgeon
All you really need is a valid basic first aid ticket and the willingness to help. If you would like to be warranted, the Kingdom Chirurgeon will need copies of your certification and there will be forms to fill out. You do not need to be warranted to volunteer as a medic at events.
Your group will have its own first aid supplies, but it is advised that you carry your own breathing device, and latex gloves with you at all times.
To volunteer, find the site medic, usually located by a banner with a white blood drop on a red background (see page13), and make yourself known to her or him. Let that person know your qualifications, and any special training you have. He or she will fill you in on what is expected at that particular event, and put you on the schedule. You only need to volunteer as much time as you feel you can, though shifts are typically about 2 hours long. If you are posted where there is a chance you will be called onto the fighting field, please remember that no live steel is allowed on the field, and that includes belt knives. The scissors in your First Aid kit are okay.
Wear practical clothing while on duty: no big sleeves, skirts you must carry to walk, etc. You must be able to bend, squat, lift, etc. comfortably. You will most likely be dealing with cuts, scrapes, 'armour bites', and sunburn, though there is always the chance of something more serious happening. You will not be expected to take on something beyond your capabilities or comfort level. There are always other medics around to help you. You will very likely be working in all kinds of adverse outdoor conditions, and a major part of the 'first aid' you provide will tend towards advice, doling out sunscreen, cleaning and covering boo-boos to prevent infection, that sort of thing. The other medics you will be working with can help answer any other questions you have.
We'd love for you to volunteer!
(For more information about the office of Chirurgeon, see Administration - Great Offices - The Chirurgeonate.)
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