faqs

Here we answer some commonly and frequently asked questions about The Samaritans and the different training modules. It is difficult to answer all questions. So, if you have something specific to ask that is not addressed here, do mail us and we will get back to you.

Q. How can I become a Samaritan?
  The first thing to do is to train yourself in the various processes that a Samaritan might face in the course of his/her duties. Anyone passing out of the Trauma Care and Management Course conducted by us is eligible to become a Samaritan.
   
Q. If I have not been trained by The Samaritans can I still become a Samaritan?
  Even if you have undertaken the Trauma Care and Management Course conducted by us, you can still become a Samaritan if you are already a trained First Responder and have been certified by a recognised body like the Red Cross Society or other similar body.
   
Q. I am part of an organisation involved in first aid and trauma care. Can I become a part of The Samaritans?
  Of course you can. In fact The Samaritans operates in a network. We associate with other organisations and bodies who are also involved in trauma care. Do write in to us and become a part of The Samaritans network.
   
Q. Does it cost money to become a Samaritan?
  There is an annual membership fee of Rs 5,000 per annum. Additionally, we request you to donate to The Samaritans for us to be able to conduct training and promote the cause of safe driving across the country.
   
Q. Are there different levels of Samaritans?
  Yes there are. At first you will start at the base level. Then as you become more knowledgeable and experienced, you will rise up the ladder. There are seven levels of The Samaritans, inspired by the colours of the rainbow – Violet Samaritan, Indigo Samaritan, Blue Samaritan, Green Samaritan, Yellow Samaritan, Orange Samaritan and Red Samaritan, the last being the most experienced and adept. The different levels of Samaritans are recognised by their colour coded ponchos.
   
Q. Can I buy a First Aid Kit? What does it contain?
  Yes, you can buy our standard First Aid Kit. The Kit contains the following:

Personal Safety/CPR

  • 10 pair Gloves
  • 1 CPR Microshield
Minor Cuts and Scrapes

  • 60 Adhesive bandages
  • 10 Butterfly Bandages
  • 25 - 2x2 Gauze Pads
  • 2 Tongue Blades/Finger Splints
  • 1 Roll Plastic Medical Tape, 1 inch
Larger Injuries/Trauma

  • Scissors (1 pair small and 1 pair large)
  • 25 - 4x4 Gauze Pads
  • 4 Gauze Rolls, 3 inch
  • 2 Triangular Bandage
  • 4 Neck braces
  • 1 Elastic Bandage, 2 inch
  • 1 Survival Blanket
  • 1 Set of 5 Oral Airways
  • 1 Blood Pressure Cuff
Wound Cleaning/Miscellaneous

  • Sodium Chloride Irrigation Solution, 250ml
  • 20 Antiseptic Wipes
  • Alcohol Hand Sanitizer, 4oz
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Splinter Forceps
  • 12 Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Resealable Plastic Bags
  • Pen and Pad
   
Q. How do The Samaritans tackle the issue of Police harassment if they intervene in accident cases?
  Laws are being passed to protect bystanders who help accident victims. We are trying to join in the effort in strengthening this law so that genuine bystanders who help accident victims are not harassed. We are also inducting lawyers into The Samaritans as voluntary members who will assist any Samaritan who is harassed by the Police.
   
Q. Are there refresher courses for The Samaritans?
  Of course. That is how you will become more proficient and rise up the ladder. We will keep updating you on refresher courses as and when they happen.
   
Q. How do I get to know that there is been an incident?
  There is a Standard Operating Procedure that we follow in case of accidents and natural disasters. Any Samaritan who gets to hear about an incident sends a text message to The Samaritans Control Room via the proprietory Mobile App (under development). This message will automatically tag the geographical coordinates of the incident without any intervention of the Samaritan. The Control Room monitors these messages and forwards it seamlessly to all The Samaritans in the city. The Incident Report is also forwarded to the Police Control Room, hospitals, trauma centres and ambulances in a 10km radius, so that help can arrive quickly for evacuation and the medical facility is prepared to receive victims.
   
Q. What do I do if a hospital or nursing home refuses to admit an accident victim?
  No medical facility can refuse to admit or administer medical aid to accident victims. In case any facility refuses to do so, you can send a message to the Control Room for immediate intervention.
   
Q. Who funds The Samaritans?
  The Samaritans are funded through the goodness of the heart of individuals, corporate organisations, aid agencies, Government organisations and profits generated from sale of First Aid Kits. The donations received get deposited in a corpus to meet the expense requirements.