Until Help Arrives

Course Overview

Course Description:
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.

Trauma is the leading cause of death in Americans under age 46. Life-threatening (traumatic) injuries require immediate action to stop someone from dying. While the Nation’s emergency medical responders are quick to arrive, any delay between injury and the initiation of care can result in death. Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide the first care, which should focus on the most essential actions, including moving someone away from ongoing danger, stopping life-threatening bleeding, positioning the injured so they can breathe, keeping them warm, and providing comfort. This course is designed to educate the public about the important role it plays in providing these potentially life-saving interventions prior to the arrival of emergency services.

The content of this course is based on the FEMA and national MRC Until Help Arrives course.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Use simple and effective skills to save lives.
  2. Communicate with 9-1-1 operators effectively.
  3. Act to protect the injured from further harm.
  4. Position the injured.
  5. Stop life-threatening bleeding.
  6. Provide emotional support. 

Target Audience:
Adults with limited or no first aid training, including Boston MRC volunteers, community leaders, Boston residents 

Taylor Frizzell
Coordinator, Volunteers & Partnerships
Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission

Amanda Wolfe, MPH
Emergency Preparedness Educator
Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission

Lt. Brian Pomodoro
Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response Training
Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Health Officers, 241 CMR 4.00 for 3.6 contact hours of health officer continuing education.

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. Funding for this training was made possible (in whole or in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.

Course Dates

Please note that the registration system will indicate that this course is full, which is not the case. All registrants are initially wait-listed and then reviewed prior to acceptance into the course. 

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
785 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

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