scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: How safe is Philmont?
Sun Nov 07 1999 - 22:14:47 CST
> From: Steve Hoar
> Subject: Re: How safe is Philmont?
> >There's no doubt that Philmont is legendary as a wonderful place that
> >makes men out of boys every week. My son loved it. Their defense could
> >be that most people come there to get away from all that radio, TV,
> >telephone, and 'copter activity, but do we want to die because of lack
> >of it? I'd like to get these questions answered too.
> >Jack Wright, email@example.com
> Rather than just ask questions, how about your recommendations?
You clipped his "recommendations"
...to quote Jack:
I'll wager that radio range is the same at Philmont, they said the
rangers carry radios, but rangers are only with each trek group a few
days. How hard would it be to issue each trek group a talkie, charged
battery, & antenna, sealed into a good zip-lok bag & require them to
carry it, only to be used in an emergency? $$ Cost? Bet they could get
'em donated. I'd hate to see my son die of anything when he might have
been saved by ready availability of a radio or air medevac.
> It is obvious that you feel that they should have more in the way
> of radios, helipads, EMT support, safety, etc.
> So, how about your ideas on how many landing zones, radios
> per crews, EMT teams ready for immediate dispatch. Also, how
> do you propose we finance and pay for this infrastructure.
I did not read his post as a call for a MASH-type facility to be on
call 24-7. And he suggested a way to "finance" his suggestion.
> Finally, how do you propose we identify and remove the possible
> hazards the boys are exposed to and how do we make the whole
> experience completely risk free.
Sounds like your proposal. I did not hear him suggest anything like
that. I did hear him ask if 'Philmont', and the Scouts and Scouters
using the facility, are as prepared (as in "Be Prepared") as they might
be for a situation requiring 'faster' medical care then they currently
T. W. Hess
ASM, Troop #41
Des Moines, IA
> Stephen M. Hoar