Wilderness Training Program

By: Stuart Peck Email
By: Stuart Peck Email

"All I would ask is just stay in roll, and don't give them any hints to what your injuries might be, because they should be able to pick all of this stuff out on their own," said instructor Matt May

It looked like a real emergency situation, four people injured and trapped in the wilderness. It was up to the students of the wilderness first responders training class to find them.

"They'll probably send out a hasty search team, which will go ahead of the main group. They'll run down the main trails, just searching areas somebody will likely be found. They'll run ahead, they'll probably find you guys first, they'll report back to the main team so they will know where to go," May said.

It was up to the team to diagnose, treat and transport all the patients without injuring them anymore.

In the end this may have just been a training tool, but it could have easily been the real thing, and now these students are better prepared.

Class participants learned how to work through an emergency situation when they're miles away from help. Wilderness medicine is different from traditional first aid. That's due to the limited equipment in the wilderness, as well as severe environments that increase the risks to patients and to the rescuers.


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