RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) is a new organization put together by noted journalist Sebastian Junger to provide freelance journalists with needed emergency medical training. Set up because Junger believes that the shrapnel wound that killed his friend and noted photojournalist Tim Hetherington last April did not have to be fatal. He writes on the site:
It is my hope that soon, first aid training and preparedness will be the industry norm, like having a flak jacket and helmet. It is only a matter of time until another journalist receives a wound like Tim’s, and I want to do everything I can to spare others what his friends and family endured last April.
The training sessions are three days long and there is an upcoming one in NYC in April, one in London this fall and one in Beirut next winter. Check out the registration process on the website if this is something that would be useful to you.