Public Health Emergency
Department of Health and Human Services
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.