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Re: Wilderness first responder course ?

Postby dave54 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:55 pm

I first was certified as a regular EMT in my early days in the Forest Service, but keeping up the quals was too hard. So I let it lapse. A few years later we contracted with CDF paramedics (now Cal-Fire) for a quasi wilderness EMT course. It was great, the instructors shared many tricks and tips, (such as making a traction splint from sticks, p-cord, and bandannas), and focused almost exclusively on the medical problems found on the backcountry fireline.

Of course, in the real world the Forest Service 'cheats'. Just get on the radio and a helicopter will be there in minutes, and a medical evac is one of the exceptions to the 'no LZ construction in a Wilderness' rule.
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Re: Wilderness first responder course ?

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:49 pm

Time to refresh first aid.. This is the book I've had forever.. well, you know what i mean.

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It's pretty simple.. know what to do when you can and have a plan B. This was from '85, but not much has changed for helping people back there since then, other than knowing what drugs they might need.

Anyway.. Be safe..
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