Re: Wilderness First Aid
George J. Dolicker (gjpd@INS.COM)
Tue, 13 May 1997 16:25:31 -0400
Your concerns about Red Cross courses are, I believe, right on the mark.
Even the ARC folks in Disaster Services (of which I are one) tend to agree:
Current ARC Safety Programs courses are based on the premise that a fully
equipped ambulance is no more than 15 minutes out... and during disasters
(and wilderness accidents) you need to be self-sufficient for up to 72
HOURS. Even today's EMT and first responder classes make the premise that
you have about $85K worth of ambulance with you. (A certainly apocryphal
story involves a new EMT rushing into a cardiac arrest scene, and beginning
CPR just as he'd been taught: Survey the scene; establish
unresponsiveness; shout "call an ambulance"... at which point a little old
lady taps him on the shoulder and says "young man... you ARE the
ambulance". But I digress...)
The old White-book advanced first aid class from ARC was great covering
advanced stuff with little equipment. The National Ski Patrol has a super
winter first aid book.
The bottom line, and one of the things that Scouting is supposed to teach
you, is that when something bad happens, you need to BE PREPARED to take
responsibility for your own welfare, and not have to just sit down and cry
(or dial 911) for somebody else to come and make things better.
Katonah Cub Scout Pack #1
At 07:28 AM 5/11/97 -0700, you wrote:
>or... What do you do when the 911 guys aren't coming.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City