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Wilderness First Aid Oct. 21-22

From: Terrie
Sent on: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:10 PM

Hello Mountaineers,

Fires still burn in the North Bay and Santa Cruz areas, but skies are steadily clearing of smoke in the East Bay area around Rush Ranch, with tonight's approaching weather system predicted to further cleanse the air for the weekend.

Some of our Santa Rosa/Sonoma area students have had to reschedule their WFA training, as they deal with the immediate impacts of the firestorm.  This has opened up a few slots in the October 21-22 training; and why should you spend the weekend learning Wilderness First Aid?

 

  • A southbound Lost Coast backpacker swept up by a rogue wave was spit out by the surf onto shoreline rocks. No training and no first aid kit, she was fortunate enough to meet a recent Peak Skills WFA alum, who capably treated and bandaged her wounds.
  • On a Bay Area highway recently, a hit-and-run driver slammed into another vehicle and sped off.  The same certified WFA that provided wilderness care on the NorCal beach stopped to lend a hand and reported feeling calm and in control as she addressed the bleeding wounds and altered mental status of the victim.
  • At 13,000ft in the eastern Sierra, a young couple asks for assistance as the male struggles with severe headache, nausea, weakness and s.o.b.

These are 3 actual incidences in the last couple of months, where WFA training had a very real, very positive influence on the outcomes.  The more we train, the more we certify, the safer we make it for everyone with a passion for the outdoors. We're taking responsibility for ourselves and each other, becoming competent to deal with injury and illness in the backcountry.

Oh, and one more reason:

  • The life you save may very well be your own.

Check it out: https://www.meetup.com/sierramountaineeringclub/events/242367216/

Play Safe,

Terrie

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