I've decided to get my currently self-published training system "Disaster First Aid: What To Do When 911 Can't Come" published by a big enough publisher to distribute and promote it. It's doing pretty well on the east and west coasts of the U.S. but too many people are still dying in mass-casualty incidents - when EMS is overwhelmed and there is a wait for help. Disaster First Aid really could, and should, go global.

 

It's a simplified course for non-professionals and volunteers, the critical essentials only, with a simple START triage. It's not just a regular book, its a training system with a course, a handbook, an Instructor Kit of teaching materials and how-to, and a powerpoint presentation. So it doesn't fit the category of textbook - I don't know what category it would be. Any ideas or suggestions? Would like to find either a publisher or an agent who knows about this sort of thing.

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I don't know if a regular publishing company would be interested in a whole system like that or not.  You might check with other training organizations to see if they would be interested either in buying your idea, or licensing it from you.  What comes to mind first is Medic First Aid division of Health & Safety institute.

 

I'm curious as to why your course is selling well on the east & west coast, but not in the north, plains states, south, and midwest.  Any ideas?

Thanks Dave- I'll look into that. There is a group of emergency nurses in Achorage Alaska that did a pilot program this year, training RNs to "take the course on the road" and teach it in their communities and other less-populated areas of AK. They did very well, and now the state of AK has approved the course for RN CE credits, and in September included it into their ESAR-VHP program (national registry of disaster volunteer professionals). This is a big step forward, but I really want to see DFA translated into more languages and go global.

I don't know why DFA is more popular on the east and west coast of US and Canada, but it seems to be related to 2 main things: where major earthquakes and tsunamis are most likely, and where there are major terrorist targets. Here in the Bay Area for Example, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (nuclear lab cyclotron) is a client/user. There are also patches of interest and many website visits from Middle Eastern countries, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. We also have a few users in the "Tornado corridor" of the midwest.

Thanks again for the suggestion. I'll follow up on that. Today I'm contacting Berkeley Adult School to try to interest them in teaching it. I would really like to get independent EMS and Fire individuals who are already teaching Standard First Aid and CPR to add Disaster First Aid to their course offerings. It would be so easy to do, and would be a real income boost for them. But it takes time to get the word out. 

I would be interested in getting more information about this course, and possibly in teaching it.  I am an EMT instructor in Pennsylvania.  i can be emailed at pennsdaleamb@comcast.net. Thanks.

Victoria C said:

Thanks Dave- I'll look into that. There is a group of emergency nurses in Achorage Alaska that did a pilot program this year, training RNs to "take the course on the road" and teach it in their communities and other less-populated areas of AK. They did very well, and now the state of AK has approved the course for RN CE credits, and in September included it into their ESAR-VHP program (national registry of disaster volunteer professionals). This is a big step forward, but I really want to see DFA translated into more languages and go global.

I don't know why DFA is more popular on the east and west coast of US and Canada, but it seems to be related to 2 main things: where major earthquakes and tsunamis are most likely, and where there are major terrorist targets. Here in the Bay Area for Example, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (nuclear lab cyclotron) is a client/user. There are also patches of interest and many website visits from Middle Eastern countries, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. We also have a few users in the "Tornado corridor" of the midwest.

Thanks again for the suggestion. I'll follow up on that. Today I'm contacting Berkeley Adult School to try to interest them in teaching it. I would really like to get independent EMS and Fire individuals who are already teaching Standard First Aid and CPR to add Disaster First Aid to their course offerings. It would be so easy to do, and would be a real income boost for them. But it takes time to get the word out. 

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