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HealthWellnessWildernessFirstAid20TuesdayMay282013TheTownofFortSmithwouldliketothankallthemembersofourvolunteerambulanceservice.Yourhardworkanddedicationhelpskeepourcommunitysafe.CelebratingEmergencyMedicalServicesWeekFortSmithisactivelyrecruitingandwillprovidetrainingtobecomeanAmbulanceDriverEmergencyMedicalResponderEmergencyMedicalServicesEMSweekisaweekofcelebrationdedicatedtotheachievementsofthemenandwomenwhodailyareonthefrontlinesprovidingthehighestqualityofpre-hospitalpatientcare.3005035105AveragecallsperyearMedevaccallsAssistwithtransporttoMedicalFlightteamCode12callsCode1urgentlifethreateningCode2nonlifethreateningTransportcallsTransportbetweenlocationswithinFortSmithFireSupportOthercallsAssistfirefightersonactivefirecallsP.O.Box147FortSmithNTX0E0P0PH872-8400fortsmithambulanceyahoo.caMay26-June12013Bushschoolteachesmedicaltreatmenthands-onByDONJAQUEWhilemostpeoplecele-bratedspringbyrelaxingontheVictoriaDaylongweek-endasmallgroupofFortSmithadventurersandsportleadersspentfourgruelingdaysdealingwithmayhemandtragicaccidentsallsimulated-aspartofanin-tensefour-daywildernessrstaidcourse.Therewereclassroomses-sionseachdaybutagoodpor-tionofthecoursewasspentonscenariosinthebush-avarietyofsimulatedaccidentswithmultiplevictimssport-ingcomplexinjuries.Typicallyapleasantgroupwalkdownaforesttrailwouldbeinterruptedbythebansheewailofsomeonerunningtothemoftendrippingfakebloodinadesperatestatede-mandingimmediateassistance.Theerstwhilesaviourswouldrushtothescenetondpeo-pledrapedoverlogsinvariousstatesofagonybrokenbleed-ingandwithconditions.Eachdayendedwiththebodyofstudentstiredandamazedatwhattheyhadexperiencedandhungrytolearnmore.Saturdaywhichinvolvedacamp-outintentswasmostintensebyfar.AnemergencyensuedinthelateNortherntwilight.Unconsciousbrokenhypothermicbodieshadtobehauledfromanicystreamandaftergapingwoundsweretreatedtheywereundressedre-clothedwarmedandthenmaneuveredupasteepbankonmakeshiftstretcherstosafetyandhopefullyeven-tualrescue.Firstthingthenextmorningofcoursetragedystruckagain.Itwasanincredibleexpe-rience.IlearnedalotsaidPatti-KayHamiltonwhocoachesyouthbiathloneachwinter.Iliketheexperien-tialwayofteaching.Itwillstayinyourhead.ThecourseinstructorBlairDoyleownerofthecompanyAdventureandSafetyAtlan-ticisalsocertiedtoteachcanoeseaandriverkayakandisascubadivemasterandanactiveSearchandRescueresponderinNovaScotia.Hisexplanationsofbodyfunctionstreatmentsandhowtodealwithmedicalproblemswerepresentedinapracticaloftenhumorouswaythatmadethestudentsthinknotjustaboutwhatmighthappenbuthowtodealwithitwhenitdoes.Itwassoberingtoreal-izehowunpreparedwearewhengoingintothewilder-ness.SomethinglikespillinghotteaonyourlegcanresultininfectionandgosouthinahurrynotedJohnBlythanorganizer-instructorwiththeFortSmithPaddlingClub.Injuriesandlife-threat-eningmedicalsituationsinaremotewildernesssetting-andhowthatdiffersfromurbanmedicalemergen-cies-wasDoylesfocus.Nor-mallyyouneedonlymain-tainanemergencysituationasbestyoucanaftercallinganexpertrst-responderwhoyouhanditoffto.Doyledem-onstratedhowinthebushitmaybeyoualonewhocandealwithasituationandwhatyoumustdoaboutit.Doylealsoremindedtheclassanumberoftimesthatyoucanonlydoyourbestandsome-timesitwillbeabadday.IgainedcondenceinthefactthatinanemergencyinthebushinspiteofyourbesteffortsthingsmaynotworkoutandinacaselikethatyoucantblameyourselfHamiltonsaid.Alongwiththeskillstohandlewildernessmedicalemergenciestheparticipantsalsoearnedtheirrstaidcer-ticationfromthecourse.PhotosDonJaqueBlairDoylecentreinstructswildernessrstaidstudentsonhowtotreatseverebreaksusingjustthetoolsavailablesuchastreesandcampinggear.HelenPanterandGeneviveCthavefunwiththeirfakeheadinjuriesduringthewildernessrstaidcamp.