i hope this is the right subforum to post this in. i have used the search function but have not found a satisfactory answer.
i have lived in switzerland for over 3 years and in germany before that. i am a musician and i tour often with decent sized groups of people. Being in the arts my colleagues are frankly brainless when it comes to first aid, evacuation procedures, so on and so forth. becuase of where i grew up (prairies canada) i am used to carrying a first aid kit, multitool/knife, etc. these things are normal as outside of the city you are a long way from anywhere and ambulances will take a while to get to you. i of course also did the courses like first aid/cpr/and outdoors first aid. Unfortunately that was years ago. As i am now the de facto medic/security/safety person/fellow band member for at times up to 30 people i feel i need to brush up on all this stuff again. and not just the put a bandaid on it and kiss it better, but proper first aid. accidents onstage, backstage, transporting etc. can get ugly and involve big metal objects, sharp metal objects, lots of electricity etc. basic first aid and cpr is just not going to suffice.
the red cross switzerland is not set up AT ALL like back home. i could take everything including EMT courses through red cross back home. the courses were thorough, cheap, and required for lots of basic temp jobs. red cross here offers babysitting and pfleger training
and links you to sanitaeter verbaende. but which sanitaeter group? becuase there are the generic groups but also the johanitters, etc. rumour has it the quality differs. does anyone have prior experience with this to help me out or point me in the right direction? is there a place to do EMT or EMT like courses without having to go and get a 4 year degree? where can i get outdoor/wilderness first aid if at all possible? do they offer something like CERT (community emergency response team)? or is that something supposedly (but not actually or only poorly done) with zivilschutz/gemeinde? if so, how can i get involved? HAZMAT? WHIMIS? you would be surprised what is stored in the back rooms of certain places we've been. especially during international tours.
one of the few things to still bug me about switzerland and europe in general is the lack of courses to improve oneself that dont end after 4 years with a diplom or equivalent. an example would be that i would like to take baking courses as i am an avid baker but dont want to spend the next 4 years of my life becoming a diplomierte pastry maker. i just like baking and want to learn more, and be a better baker. my girlfriend would certainly approve. same thing goes with first aid etc. the people around me could quite possibly need it. and if schumer hits the fan they will be looking in my direction. i do enjoy the responsibility. i just dont enjoy looking like a fool.
it would be really great if someone could point me in the right direction because i have wasted half the day searching this out and only finding unsatisfying answers.
thanks in advance