No matter how safe or small an event is, it is vital to have first aid services present to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstance.
Community events are designed to be a good time, but when a lot of people are in the same place at the same time, a lot can go wrong unexpectedly. That is why it is extremely important to have well-trained, well-equipped and prepared first aid services handy in case a situation arises.
Just having a first aid kit or two with a few bandages and some gauze will not do anyone any good if there is no one there that knows how to use them. Consider having at least one paramedic on hand to attend to any medical needs that the assembled group might need. Many paramedics working in a hospital, especially younger ones still trying to pay off their medical school bills, will moonlight on the side at events and gatherings and can usually be counted on to be affordable and knowledgeable.
There are also private first aid service providers that deal exclusively with private clients. As an added bonus, they will also be able to help inform you what your needs might be according to their past experience. Having them at the function can ensure that if something happens, there is at least one person there that is used to dealing with emergency situations.
Once you have your first aid providers, you will need to make sure they are equipped to handle whatever could possibly go wrong. In the case of first aid preparedness, the old axiom is key: "hope for the best, prepare for the worst." At the very least bandages (of varying sizes), disinfectant, gauze, and tape should all be a part of your first aid equipment. It is also a good idea to have aspirin on hand. Depending on the type of event, more may be appropriate.
A rodeo, for example, will probably need stretchers, splints and smelling salts available, while a community barbecue will probably be just fine without them. If there are going to be a lot of elderly people present with possible heart conditions, such as at a nursing home function, a portable defibrillator would be a very useful tool to have on hand. If you do not want to deal with getting all these materials together, a private service provider would be an easier way to go, as they generally provide all the equipment themselves. Just expect to pay for the superior service.
A lot goes into making sure an event is a success, and by securing proper first aid services an event planner can keep everyone feeling a little safer.