Bystanders as First Responders

When disaster strikes, bystanders are on the scene helping the injured before emergency responders arrive. As we witnessed during the Boston Marathon bombing, their efforts can save a person’s life or give emergency responders the time that they need to reach the injured person and provide care. Empowering bystander to get involved not only saves lives but builds community resilience. The ECCC encourages the emergency care community to support and promote bystander response and community building.

  • Becoming a Better Bystander: Many people want to help their friends, families and communities when disasters strike, but they aren’t sure how. Learn how bystanders were critical to protecting health and saving lives following the Boston Marathon bombing. Being willing to help in an emergency; taking a first aid and CPR class; and having risk awareness are critical steps to becoming a better bystander. Learn More >>

  • Supporting Bystander Response: By promoting bystander response, the emergency care community can improve response times and strengthen community resilience and disaster preparedness – all at a low cost. Find out more about how and why you can support bystander response in your community. Learn More >>

  • Learning to Better Educate Bystanders: The ECCC is engaged in an initiative spearheaded by the White House National Security Council focused on bystander interventions for life-threatening traumatic hemorrhage. The focus of this initiative is to determine what civilians should know about controlling bleeding, what resources should be available to the general public, and how the general public should be educated and engaged.
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