Cellular Phone was First Aid question - snakebite
Robert M Lewis (science_guy@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 09:10:42 PST
I am sorry to bring this up again, since we covered it over the end of
the summer, but I feel that it should be resaid.
<climb up onto soapbox>
The idea of going out into the wilderness with a cellular phone or a two
way radio, so that you can use them in case of injury is not the best
idea. The major reason I don't reccomend you do this is because in many
State and National parks, there are NO CELLULAR PHONE TOWERS WITHIN
RANGE. If you happen to be depending on the phone/radio and a serious
injury occurs in the middle of Yosemite or Yellowstone, or Glacial
National Park, you will most likely be out of luck. As far as I know,
none of those parks have cell towers within them. Yes there is a plan
to put towers in Yosemite and I am against it. (another story).
Now what would you do in that case if no one in your party knew proper,
or even improper, first aid? The injured person could really be
crippled for life, or even loose his life. That is why I say that before you go into the wilderness for any exptended period of time, more than
one person in the group of four or more (all groups should consist of
four people or more. 1 to stay with the victem, 2 to go get help) the
majority of the group must know basic first aid since you can't allways
count on Cell phones.
The other problem with using a cell phone is that you might not know where you are! Hence, how could you tell the rescue team where to go?
Unless you want to spend money on a GPS, you will have to know the ways
to signal for help, and Orienteering. All of these things are easily
learned by the young scout, since they are required for first class, and
Overall, training is what will get you out of a bad situation. Don't
allways count on technology.
<climb on down off the soapbox>
Robert M. Lewis
On Sat, 14 Dec 1996 08:28:01 -0500 Chaplain Morrison
>It may also be a good idea to carry a cellular phone (or hand-held HF
>these days when hiking with scouts in any area. One call could get
>helicopter or a mountain rescue team if such were needed.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City