About us

Operation Hammond is an international non-profit organization of like-minded individuals within the kink, fetish, and pop culture convention community dedicated to bringing awareness of first aid, emergency preparedness and training to people who attend and staff kink, fetish, fantasy and pop culture conventions. The diversity and social dimensions of this social scene are unique. We’re prepared for kink. Operation Hammond is headquartered in Methuen, MA with offices in Manchester, NH and Ottawa ON, Canada.

Our members and senior staff have the equipment, experience, and know-how to effectively deal with medical emergencies, social needs and the unique requirements of those who attend pop culture events and conventions. We are a social medical organization. This means that we are able to carry out first aid, public safety, and first responder duties at Fetish/Kink, BDSM and pop culture conventions at the American Red Cross and Health Safety Institue First Aid level.

Our members are trained and able to provide medical care consultation and arrange transport for situations and injuries that require ambulance transfer to a hospital. Most of our members are EMTs, work in health care, veteran staffers of conventions and work in public service. Please have a look at the various areas of our website to learn more about us.

Our Goals and Aims

1. Encourage emergency preparedness, first aid skills and training within the convention community through work with community groups, convention organizers, and attendees.

2. Value those individuals who offer their talents and skills to aid and assist others.

3. Provide care to those in need of medical attention; show commitment and compassion to others in times of need.

4. Show compassion, care, and kindness to those we serve.

5. Work with conventions and other partners in support of their efforts to staff, start, and run medical/first aid departments within the scope and spirit of the current national, state and local laws.

The Four Service Arms of Operation Hammond

Operational Response– This is the side most people know and is our largest arm. Our core service is providing first-aid level medical services for conventions, shows, and events. We have all the equipment and experience to provide advanced first aid response services for conventions/events from 10 to 29,000+ attendees. Our medical staff is trained to a minimum of First Aid/Advanced First Aid and CPR. Many of our members hold certifications of Medical First Responder or higher. Many of our members have experience within the Kink, Fetish and BDSM community. All of our members are required to take a basic kink and fetish community awareness & understanding course and have an interview with one of our senior staff members before we allow our members to staff a kink, fetish or BDSM event.

Our First Aid response services include Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), medical grade oxygen equipment and the life-saving opioid overdose medication Naloxone in addition to standard first aid gear. We operate at the Basic to Advanced First Aid level as outlined by the American Red Cross and American Health and Safety Institute.

We carry our own comprehensive commercial grade radio communication equipment, but we will gladly work with your radio systems if desired. We carry our own medical liability insurance that allows us to function as a First Aid organization.  We can tailor our services to your convention/show requirements.

Training– Our training and professional development are unique. We are a Licensed Training Partner with the American Red Cross and an American Health & Safety Institute training center. We teach First Aid and CPR specifically for people that staff and attend pop culture conventions. We are the only organization teaching First Aid specifically for people who staff and attend, kink/fetish, BDSM, and pop culture conventions. We do many unique, fun-filled and informative panels pertaining to safety, well-being, and outreach.

Social Care and Outreach– This is an area most conventions and events don’t do or if they do it’s very limited. Every year at conventions, many incidences of sexual assault, bullying, and abuse go unreported and unresolved. Operation Hammond’s

social care and outreach are dedicated to assisting convention attendees with dignity, confidentiality, and compassion. Our social care and outreach offers basic first-aid to attendees in sensitive situations and provides support from first-response to reporting such incidents to authorities. We guarantee privacy and respect all decisions regarding care and follow-up. We invite you to request our services no matter the circumstances.

Emergency Preparedness and Organization- We have extensive experience with emergency management and how it pertains to nerd and pop culture conventions/events. We have been consultants for many conventions and events across the country. We can run panels and events geared for kink/fetish, BDSM and convention staff on how to prepare and deal with every day, or once in a lifetime emergencies. We are experts in implementing and training others on how to deal with situations and emergencies that pertain to pop culture conventions and events.