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Street Medic Training

Street Medic Training

When There is No 911: a 4-Day Street Medic Intensive

August 3 – 6, 2017

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
9am – 5pm


Limited space available
Sliding Scale Donation: $100-$400 (contact Charly directly if this is a concern, please)
To register contact Charly at 828-779-1623 (text) or


Tampa area activists are holding a special training at Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture. This class will cover fundamental skills of emergency care in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster (short, long, and very long ) emergency situations. Skills that will be covered range from quality patient assessment to detailed treatment across a broad spectrum, from urban environment care within the present functioning medical system and street medic work, to survival medicine in a breakdown scenario.

Our trainer Charly Aurelia says, “Sometimes there’s no time to Google for the answer. You can’t consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal. You need to act NOW!  So now what?”

➪ Learn more about the course here ✚

BACKGROUND: What Are Street Medics?

Street medics originated in the U.S. during the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. They approached medicine and their efforts as a form of self-defense and political action. Street Medics provided medical support to the American Indian Movement, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Young Lords Party, Black Panthers, and virtually every protest since. Both the Young Lords & Black Panthers were instrumental in bringing acupuncture to the people who needed it most here in the US and are forebearers of the community acupuncture movement. Street medics in the 60s & 70s were involved in free health clinics developed by the groups they supported in addition to their efforts during demonstrations and disasters.

Today street medics can be found in rural, urban and suburban settings, providing support, safety, and aid to people during natural & human disasters, public emergencies, demonstrations, and direct actions. Street medics have varying levels of additional training, ranging from ”some first aid” to being licensed health care providers – though most have the skills of first responders with supplemental knowledge of folk medicine & herbalism. Street medics are expected to keep their skills current by pursuing continuing education and maintaining an involvement in action medical responses.

ABOUT CHARLY: Our Lead Trainer

Charly Aurelia was a National Registered Paramedic with two decades experience in urban, street medic, suburban, large event, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency care and rescue. He also was a Pre-Hospital Medicine Professor at 4 colleges and has trained many Fire/EMS departments in New York, Connecticut, and Maine. Charly has served on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has been both a Firefighter/Paramedic and a Fire Officer.
Charly’s training and experience include high angle, structural collapse, trench, confined space, vehicle extrication, flatwater, swiftwater, and ice rescue. Additionally, he has experience in structural, interface and wildland fire mitigation and command, as well as being a Hazardous Materials Technician and having training in wilderness search and rescue as command in a lost person incident.

He practices and teaches nonviolent /conscious communication skills including bystander intervention workshops where participants learn intervention and de-escalation methods. 

Charly has been teaching emergency medical care, self-protection, outdoor skills, and communication skills for over two decades.


Rad Mads Meetups

Rad Mads Meetups

Mental Health Peer Support Rad Mads meetups take place monthly @Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture on the last Friday of every month at 7pm. Our Reiki practitioner, Jimmy Dunson, is now facilitating monthly meetups at the clinic whose aim is to offer peer support and mutual aid for people experiencing extreme states of mind. These “Rad Mads… Continue Reading

Kundalini Yoga

Yoga with Gururas   Come to a Yoga Class at the Farm! Sundays Location: Sweetwater Farm 11AM – 12:00PM Donation $5   Gururas teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, a type of yoga that incorporates breath, postures, chant, and meditation to open our hearts & minds, build strength and create flexibility. This practice teaches… Continue Reading

Clinic Hours

Monday: 10AM – 8PM

Tuesday: 2PM – 8PM

Wednesday:  2PM – 8PM

Thursday: 10AM – 8PM

Friday: 10AM – 3PM

Saturday: 9AM – 2PM

Sunday: Closed

Walk-Ins Often Possible.
Appointments Recommended.



Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture, our staff, and volunteers are members of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. POCA is a co-operative run and fueled by co-op members who believe that acupuncture should be available to people: learn more about that here.

We see acupuncture changing lives every day. It’s simple, safe and effective, as well as the most widely used medicine in the world! Last year POCA clinics, about 150 of them in all, gave more than 1 million treatments.

We support the Community Acupuncture movement with our POCA membership and our volunteer hours.

We know that acupuncture can change the world, and would love for you to join us in The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged!

Interested? Help spread access to acupuncture by learning more about POCA.  Click here to join online.  Or drop by Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture to talk with us more about our favorite co-operative, POCA!


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