We recognize that the overwhelming majority of emergency responders do an outstanding job recognizing and managing citizens experiencing seizures. Unfortunately, reports still exist around the country of cases in which, due to a lack of training, individuals with epilepsy have been subject to unwarranted uses of force, arrest and inappropriate medical treatment.
The EFEPA offers brief, practical and free Seizure Training and Recognition Programs for first responders. The training, which was developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aims to train first responders on seizure recognition, correct responses to seizures, and raise awareness around the unique needs of those living with epilepsy. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The First Responders Program is:
- Free of Charge
- 90 minute course approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits
- Adjustable to meet your time requirements
- Includes free workbook and material handouts for participants
To find out more, view our flyer here: First Responders Flyer
In their day-to-day work, most law enforcement personnel are able to recognize citizens who are experiencing seizures and provide the appropriate intervention steps for responding. On any given shift, however, some law enforcement officers might unknowingly encounter persons having seizures who appear to be confused, are unable to communicate, or exhibit inappropriate behaviors. Such persons having a seizure might not obey an officer’s directives and might become unknowingly combative, resulting in inappropriate arrest, possible injury, and in some cases, death.
Our Law Enforcement Curriculum is designed to assist law enforcement officers in recognizing seizures and promoting safe and appropriate intervention practices for persons with seizure disorders. This 45 minute course aims to train law enforcement on seizure recognition, correct responses to seizures, and raise awareness around the unique needs of those living with epilepsy who might be taken into police custody. The training is free and certificates of completion are available.
To schedule a training please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 215-629-5003.