Frequently Asked Questions

Nerds Helping Nerds in Times of Need

The Name Behind Operation Hammond

William Alexander Hammond was an American neurologist and the 11th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. He is regarded as the father of pre-hospital emergency medicine. He pioneered the basic principles of pre-hospital care on Civil War battlefields and many of his techniques and teachings are still used to this day. He founded the first military hospital and ambulances in the United States as well as the American Neurological Association. He also shares the same last name as the fictional General George Hammond, Commander of Stargate Command from the Stargate SG1 TV series. It seemed only fitting to name ourselves after two of the best people in the field of medicine and fictional Sci-Fi.

How Operation Hammond was Formed
15060362_10154600911933346_2075725787_oOperation Hammond was formed by a group of dedicated convention staffers from various anime and science fiction conventions. Individuals who attend anime, sci-fi and pop culture conventions have unique medical and social needs. Operation Hammond is unique in that, hitherto no one group has formed to effectively deal with the full medical and social needs of the pop culture community. We are the only non-profit First Aid Charity operating at the American Red Cross First Aid level for the nerd and pop culture community. Our founder James Fedora has been staffing conventions for years, and through his work, identified a rise in the number of people seeking medical care and/or requiring ambulance transport to hospitals for various injuries and illnesses. It seemed that both he and his convention colleagues were aiding an ever-increasing number of individuals with a multitude of injuries both physical and emotional. Furthermore, many conventions appeared ill-equipped with loose and or virtually non-existent medical and social care departments, and/or policies for the aid of attendees.

No organization formally existed that could effectively organize members of the fan community to offer social and medical care in a pop culture setting, all while operating within local, state and national laws. The idea and concept of Operation Hammond were conceived in early 2012.

To learn about our history please click here.

About Operation Hammond Senior Staff Members

James “Fedora” Mandeville, NREMT, Founder: He spent the past 7 years as an EMT in the UK and USA. He worked for a private Emergency Medical Service. He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving as a mechanic and medical first responder. He was a frequent staff member of many anime and pop culture conventions, and over the past ten years has fulfilled many roles ranging from security, medical care, photography, and operations. Fedora has staffed over 90 conventions in the UK, Japan, and USA. He was an operations and safety adviser to many other pop culture conventions in the UK and USA. He traveled around the world attending anime, sci-fi and pop culture conventions and was an Eagle Scout. He founded Operation Hammond, the only group dedicated to the unique medical and safety needs of pop culture/convention/event community.  Fedora’s legacy shall continue as “Operation Hammond”

Alexander Vaughn Mecca, NREMT, Chairman/President: Alexander’s day job is in information systems/cybersecurity and he is a certified NREMT. He has spent the past five+ years working closely with Operation Hammon Senior Staff in various different capacities. Alexander has been a large component in the overhaul of Operation Hammond’s technical infrastructure and administrative infrastructure. Alexander has lead Operation Hammond through countless projects and has been an invaluable asset. Alexander has staffed over 40 events with Operation Hammond and was promoted from the position of Vice President to President on March 28th immediately following James “Fedora” Mandeville’s passing.

Operation Hammond Senior Staff Members

  • Chairman / President / Director of Information Systems: Alexander V. Mecca, NREMT, ASHI L.9 Instructor
  • Interim Vice Chairman/ Vice President: Elizabeth Aronoff, M.S., EMT, ASHI L.7 Instructor
  • Director of Training and Compliance: Elizabeth Aronoff, M.S., EMT, ASHI L.7 Instructor
  • Treasurer: Rachael Botticelli, Patrol First Aider
  • Secretary / Director of Policy Review: Lily “Mimi” Rondeau, EMT
  • Director of Logistics / Assistant Director of Information Systems: Keith Lee, EMT, ASHI L.8 Instructor
  • Director of Member Conduct: Kiara Estrada, NREMT
  • Advising Director: James Rosse, NREMT

Department Heads/Advisers and Assistants 

    • Interim Head Radio Master: Keith Lee, EMT, ASHI L.8 Instructor
    • Quartermaster: Gabriel Ricker, EMT
    • Assistant Quartermaster: Jean-Marie Patton, NREMT
    • Head of Marketing and Public Relations: Alexi Vandenburg, Rabid Fanboy Marketing
    • Head of Communications / Video Production: Adam Kuhn
    • Manager of Grants and Proposals: Tj Feldman

Is Operation Hammond a non-profit organization?

Yes, we operate under the name of Operation Hammond First Response, Inc. We are incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts and are a registered 501c3 non-profit with the IRS (EIN: 45-5007706).

Are members of Operation Hammond paid for their time or services?

None of our members, from our chairman to our volunteers, are financially compensated for their work. Each member volunteers their time and skills for the betterment of the fan and pop culture community.

What countries does Operation Hammond operate in?

We currently have brigades and members in Canada as well as the USA. For more information about Operation Hammond Canada please visit Note: As of 12/17 the site is under construction.

I would like to have Operation Hammond at my convention or event.

Great, we are always looking to assist and attend conventions and events. Please see the Services link for more info.

What is Operation Hammond’s yearly operating budget?

Our budget each year is anywhere from 9,000-14,000 dollars. Key line items in our budget are insurance, new equipment investment, maintaining current equipment, marketing/promotion, and training programs. To learn more about how you can donate to us please visit our Donation and Fundraising page.

How can I volunteer or join Operation Hammond?

We are always looking for new members. Click on our Volunteer link for more info.

I am a First Aider, EMT or medical professional looking for work experience. Can Operation Hammond help me?

Absolutely, we are a fantastic place for new, existing EMTs, First Aiders or people in the medical community to keep their professional skills fresh or maintain their state and local training requirements.

Does the actor Don S. Davis who played General George Hammond in Stargate SG1 or his family endorse Operation Hammond?

No, not in any way, shape or form. However, his portrayal of General Hammond in Stargate SG1 inspired us to name our organization after him.

Sadly Don S. Davis passed away on June 29 2008. You can read about his biography and life here. 

What is an AED and how are they used to save lives?

Operation Hammond believes it is vital that everyone knows what an AED is and how simple they are to useTo learn more about Automated External Defibrillators and how they are used to save countless lives click here.

How much does Operation Hammond charge for its services? 

Operation Hammond strives to keep its services affordable to all conventions and events that request them whenever possible. We are very flexible when it comes to payment and fees for our services. For more information about our funding and payment model please visit our Funding model page.

I want to start a brigade (Chapter) of Operation Hammond.

That’s fantastic. We are looking to start other brigades of Operation Hammond outside of the North East and Canada. Please contact us via email at for more info.

Someone told me there are Easter Eggs hidden on your website?

We can not confirm or deny there are any Easter Eggs hidden on our website but you’re more than welcome to search for them.

I heard you do kink events. Is that true? 

Yes, it is true we are a kink-friendly organization. We have provided our services at many kink and fetish conventions. The kink and fetish community has first aid needs not at all dissimilar than the nerd, geek and pop culture community. Please visit our kink specific website at

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