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Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020, 1:21 pm


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Working as a volunteer at festivals and large concerts is not as boring as you might have thought. Why? It's so because you get to meet lots of people (drunk and sober) and you see many interesting things happening right in front of your eyes! Free food, beer, and small gifts are a bonus if you are nice with the booth vendors! Read these 14 interesting stories told by a medical volunteer, and you will understand why working as a volunteer is actually great, and something you should prefer doing! 
1.Vegan-friendly Condoms!

Hippy dude comes in asking for condoms.
"Do you have any that are vegan-friendly?"


Vegan-friendly Condoms!-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals




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2.You Obviously Find More Beer than Water at any Festival

Try to give water to the girl on the verge of heat stroke.
"I have got more beer in my backpack." 
She was such a pleasant shade of bright pink and had stopped sweating. Apparently she had drank nothing BUT beer for two days in 90 degree weather.  On-site EMT team ran in three liters of saline on her.  


You Obviously Find More Beer than Water at any Festival-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



3.This Happens too Often

"Friends" bring their super-tripping friend to medical and try to dump her there.
"Where do you wingnuts think you are going? Get comfortable, you two are babysitting tonight."
This happens more than I like to think about.  People come to the party with "friends", over-indulge, and think that the various volunteer teams are there to babysit while they go back to the party.  Nope, we don't have time.  Huey and Lewy got to sit in a tee-pee for five hours making sure Dewy didn't try to go running naked into the forest again.  I did hook them up with snacks and comfortable chairs though.


This Happens too Often-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals





4.The Positive Sides of Being a Volunteer

Booth vendors trickle in and out throughout the day for OTC meds, ear plugs etc.
Get recognized while off duty, given tons of food, drink, and assorted trinkets by various vendors. 
As I wandered around off duty, I kept getting called over to various booths and was gifted lovely food, drink, and occasionally small articles.  Apparently medical is a very well loved group.  :)


The Positive Sides of Being a Volunteer-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



5.And a Guest's Funny Search

Notice festee is spending a *lot* of time looking through the self-help supplies.
"I thought you guys would have more drugs available."


And a Guest's Funny Search-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals





6.This Funny Hippie

"My life force flows out into the world."
That's your blood, you are bleeding all over the damn place. 
This poor festee was enjoying a beautiful adventure Lucy and some diamond skies when she slid down a trail side and caught the edge of a barb fence.  She was sitting outside of Medical watching her hand and arm drip blood - the sun apparently glinted off of the drops in a fabulous fashion.  We have brightly colored bandage tape specifically for these situations.  She was wholly content staring at her wrapped hand and arms for the next three hours.'


This Funny Hippie-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



7.The Kind of Scenes You Can't Unsee

"I'm about as sex positive as you can be, but I think you need to call someone…" 
"…There is a man kneeling by the bonfire and he has been masturbating furiously for 10 minutes already." 


The Kind of Scenes You Can't Unsee-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals




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8.Hippies... Hydrate!!!

*Grabs loudhorn, walks outside* "Hippies Hydrate!!"
*Enjoys view as dozens of people suddenly remember to drink water.* 
Still one of my favorite ways to pass the time.  Yelling at hippies.


Hippies... Hydrate!!!-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



9.The Incidents Like these Aren't Uncommon Either

"You are so nice to me, can I kiss you?" – "Not tonight love, you are altered." 
She came in the next day, sober, and gave me a big hug and kiss for bandaging her ankle. 


The Incidents Like these Aren't Uncommon Either-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



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10.The Most Popular Item at a Festival

Single most requested late night item at festival medicine. EAR PLUGS!


The Most Popular Item at a Festival -Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



11.Funny Things Happen When Surrounded by a Bunch of Crazy People

Fall asleep during witching hour shift (mid night to 8 AM). 
Wake up with a flower wreath on my head, handmade bags of tea in my lap, and a smile-painted rock on the table next to me. Also tucked in with blankets that weren't mine. 


Funny Things Happen When Surrounded by a Bunch of Crazy People-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals





12.The Little but Satisfactory Wins Like These

Crying child got separated from parents, finds us because he was told the Red Cross means safety. 
Mobilize 90 staff and 200 volunteers across five radio channels, and reunite child with parents in less than 7 minutes. 


The Little but Satisfactory Wins Like These -Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



13.Meeting the Sweet People

"I'm not hurt." 
"I just wanted to come give you all hugs and say thank you." 


Meeting the Sweet People-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals



14.And the Occasional Scary Moments

Haul in a passed and crashed festee.
Get to see what a human brain looks like when it reboots behind his eye balls! 


And the Occasional Scary Moments-Medical Volunteer Reveals 14 Incidents Of Him Working In Festivals

You need not be a trained medical volunteer to volunteer. There are tons of other ways a volunteer can help out organizers at a big event. If you are really that interested, check out the official websites of the events, and send them an email expressing your interest in volunteering. They are more likely to get back to you.



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